what if those of us who love roses don't mind the occasional pricking? sappho——the greek poet——wrote of things the heart & mind felt, but could so rarely comprehend with her amount of finesse & emotional clarity——of desires forbidden not long after she died; of yearning the human as a species clearly wasn't ready for——and perhaps never was; of love & lust & and a deep deep well filled to the brim but never overflowing.
VISIBLE VIOLENTS represents a large but well-defined gamut of those ever-evasive feelings we're still trying to put words to, to this day.
from the writings of the ancient lover, to the 1927 broadway play 'the captive' by edouard bourdet (widely noted as the modern popularization of the symbolism), violets have been used to express sapphic & queer love for ages. while our past is colored with violence & our future remains an ever-evolving shade of grey, people whose natural love exists outside of the standardised norm of modern society can & always will find tints & hues of beauty amongst the pain.
cap-ended by the soft, delicate petals of the violet flowers sappho was known to cherish & oft referenced, as well as the sharp, rigid thorns of that which draws one in with an enticing flurry of gentle scents & leaves you stinging, VISIBLE VIOLENTS takes delicate but blunt care to announce its duality and wear it with pride. presented to you as a long-tailed pinback statement brooch, you can do the same——whether loud & proud or quiet but deadly. a braided gold-fill wire ring dangles between the two friendly foes, keeping the balance. but if you're feeling a little too fluid for something so antiquated, simply unpin the brooch, slip the end-caps through the ring, and twist & turn & reveal a beautiful, adjustable lariat necklace——symbolic of restraint, strangleholds, choked back works, and so much more. be the lavish star or sleek midnight rider you've always seen in the mirror, just screaming to be released.