Emily J. Fruth

​Metalsmithing

Chatelaine

Chatelaine, copper, enamel, found objects, hand threaded mechanisms; pierced, enameled, fabricated


In Victorian times, a chatelaine was an item that women wore to hold their domestic items, such as scissors, thimble, keys, household seal, and anything else they needed to get through their daily lives. This uterus and ovary shaped belt clip was made to hold the items that I carry with me: my cell phone, pepper spray, and kubaton. The weaponization of the device represents the change in the role of women since Victorian times, and the rise of strong, independent women who are capable of looking after themselves.