Handmade brooches by Karen Fall - each one is unique.
This purchase helps fund front of house expenses.
"I was initially inspired to make the Geisha brooch through my admiration for the ancient traditions of the Geisha, whose work is not, as is popularly believed, connected with prostitution. The actual translation of the word geisha is “artist” and the Geisha is educated in every aspect of performance art including music, voice, movement, and dance. Her male and female patrons honor the Geisha’s female energy.
A Geisha aspires to reflect the physical and spiritual beauty intrinsic in every human being. I wanted to honor this concept — one integral to Parity Productions' mission — by making my Geisha brooch available exclusively and affordably through Parity’s online store.
When creating the Geisha brooch, I fire the mould in a kiln, cool it down, then wash it in a solution of water and oxide to accentuate its fine detail. Every brooch is hand-painted individually. No two brooches are alike. Once the brooch is painted, I add a transparent glaze, then refire it, before adding a gold lustre finish, followed by a third firing in the kiln. Each brooch takes 2 hours to make.
Everyone measures time differently, but for me the time I spend creating each Geisha brooch are moments of intense joy — creating works with passion to inspire passion.
Karen Fall hails from Harrogate, Yorkshire — the heart of Brontë country — and lives and works in London. She has always loved working with her hands and enjoys ceramics, sculpting, and jewelry making. Karen is passionate about nature and includes depictions of flowers and natural wildlife, particularly bees, in her clay work. Her fascination with Geisha culture comes through in her hand-painted ceramic porcelain brooches and pendants. Karen teaches ceramics, art, and floristry to children, teenagers, and adults — from the able-bodied to the most physically and mentally challenged.