Ancient objects are a bountiful source of inspiration at Wright & Teague. We seek to develop a significant story rather than only a variation of an existing piece.
Mycenaean fibulae (‘safety’ pins) were a practical symbol of beauty, craftsmanship and status. They are shown here alongside our designs, archive and current, that are inspired by this innovative form.
The majority of historic, organic materials have not survived so it is the metalwork, ceramics and paintings that tell us the story of a peoples’ lives. Clothes were becoming more fitted during the Mycenaean period, and were enhanced and closed by a single gold or bronze fibula. These fibula, with their beautiful curves and their relationship to a modern safety pin show a development between the straight pins of the Early Bronze Age and the buttons of Medieval times.
The safety pin has long been a symbol of importance, the Romans offered pins as votives, they have been attached to children’s clothes to ward off evil, been a Punk symbol of rebellion, a show of political allegiance and a pro kindness symbol.
At Wright & Teague we love a pin, cooler than a brooch, practical and beautiful!
We look forward to hearing your thoughts on ours.