Sanna Svedestedt Carboo, 2022, Sweden

Museum (in reference to the Lithuanian National Museum’s history of combat and defence)

The technique I use in my leather work is often claimed to have been used in the process of making protective armour. The leather is treated with boiling water and hardens. In my work, I use the thinnest leathers, and cut a delicate pattern. When touched by boiling water it hardens, but at the same time it becomes fragile. I like to think of these brooches as a kind of fragile armour. Sometimes it is the things in life that are fragile that makes us stronger.