Melanie Tomlinson has designed three Japanese bird brooches for the British Museum Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave exhibition. This is her fourth collaboration with the museum and all three designs are sold exclusively by them. I have reviewed her brooches on a previous blog post but wanted to write a blog post about these three pieces as they are so unique and well though out, using metal and a hand printed design inspired by the artist, Katsushika Hokusai.
The cuckoo brooch is £45 (£40.50 British Museum members), measures 7cmx6cm and is made from hand painted metal. I like it, but not as much as the Japanese Robin which is my favourite.
The Japanese robin has been re-imagined in to this adorable brooch. As with the other two brooches, i is £45(£40.50 for members of the British Museum) and is made from hand painted metal. it measures 7cmx6cm and I would wear this both as a brooch and use my necklace converter to make it into a statement necklace. I think this brooch looks cute and cuddly.
The hawfinch (same details and measurements as the other two brooches) has a cheeky little glint in it's eye. It looks as though it is eyeing the wearer suspiciously!
All three bird brooches are eye catching and unusual, a talking point and a wearable memory of the exhibition itself.