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Brooch - All my own words and thoughts

All my own words and thoughts

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Glasgow (made)

  • Date:

    2015 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Boyd, Jonathan (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver with applied photographic image and cast detailing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display in the Scottish Design Galleries, V&A Dundee

Jonathan Boyd uses lost wax casting incorporating digital technology, ‘increasingly complex casting systems using hundreds of sprues which allow for very fine and detailed casts’. His jewellery takes language – either single letters akin to printers’ type or spiralling words and phrases - as its main focus. His recent work has started to incorporate photographic images of Glasgow’s urban environment, exploring ‘how language and environment overlap and the effect modern advertising and information overload has on our daily reality’.

This brooch ‘ALL MY OWN WORDS AND THOUGHTS’ unites the two strands of language and environment, the photographic image reinforced by the creation of letters adapted from familiar symbols of branding and advertisements.

Physical description

Flat, circular brooch on which a photographic image of a streetscene has been printed in black and white, and from which (in the lower right quarter) protrude three cast rings of what resemble extruded printers' type. The letters, adaptations of ones familiar from branding, spell out in rings 'all my own words and thoughts'. The silver is oxidised except for the printed image and the surfaces of the letters. A double pin attaches horizontally at the back.

Place of Origin

Glasgow (made)


2015 (made)


Boyd, Jonathan (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Silver with applied photographic image and cast detailing

Marks and inscriptions

all my own words and thoughts
hallmarked: JMB, lion passant, 925, leopard's head, q


Height: 66 mm, Width: 67 mm, Height: 32 mm

Descriptive line

Brooch 'All my own words and thoughts', silver, designed and made by Jonathan Boyd, Scotland 2015


Silver; Oxidised silver; Steel


Photography; Casting


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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