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From the Fused Plastic collection by Cynthia Del Giudice

Metalsmith Cynthia Del Giudice makes contemporary and art jewelry. She is also environmentalist whose recycling and re-using habits resulted in her Fused Plastic collection, conceptualizing from experiments with fusing plastic bags through pressing and ironing.

Fusing layers of plastic bags actually creates a rather strong and durable material. It has been often used as a fabric in eco-designs.

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Trace / Reuse / Transform / Design - jewellery made of recycled materials by Christiane Diehl

German designer Christiane Diehl designed a series of jewelry collections under the collective title Trace/ Reuse/ Transform/ Design. Her jewelry is made out of rubber bands, inner tubes (bicycle tire), air mattresses, and industrial production remains (i.e. leather…).

It reminds me how of simply the repetition of forms can generate interesting visual qualities.

I could not find an artist statement as to what she is trying to achieve with her jewelry, but I would say that the collective series title, Trace/ Reuse/ Transform/ Design, informs her design process and philosophy.

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Mana Bernardes is a Brazilian designer whose work formalizes around “reduce, reuse, rejewel.” Although the materials she uses are rather banal within the world of sustainable fashion, her pieces reflect a surprising sophistication with the raw materials she employs: PET bottles, toothpicks… etc. Even though Berandes incorporates the uses pricier, luxury materials unsustainably sources, the characteristics …

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Italian designer Maria Christina Bellucci designs jewelry through exploring traditional techniques in combination with her material experiments. She enjoys changing the meaning of an everyday object and decontextualizing them as gems, and thus giving them new meaning of value. Bellucci has created some interesting pieces where she glues a bunch of colored pencils together and …

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Designer Gulnur Ozdaglar creates pieces of jewelry from PET plastic bottles. I have seen other artists and designers make jewelry and other objects out of PET, but Ozdaglar’s work is uniquely characterized by the tiny holes individually pierced by hand. In addition to the holes, his manipulation of the plastic to form wave-like gestures and …

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Looking back through my historical research posts, jewelry really started out sustainable. People made jewelry out of abundant stones and bones from the animals killed for food and fur. Seeds and plants were often dried and woven together to create a variety of jewelry accessories as well. I suppose it was not until cultures found resources of precious metals and stones, like gold and diamond, from which the category of jewelry became unsustainable.

Such precious and mined materials were and still are tied with cultural manifestations of wealth, beauty, the gods…etc. Cultures all over the world worshiped and coveted these materials, especially with gold in ancient cultures (with ties with divinity and immortality). People, too, desire jewelry made from environmentally unsustainable materials because of their rarity and fanciful promises of luck, wealth, beauty, health…etc.

Of course what materials indicate greater value differ from culture to culture, as well as personal values and beliefs.

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Designer Kirsten Muenster fashions her jewelry designs after her own personal values that there should be more sustainability and ethical practices within the jewelry business. She incorporates the use of 100% recycled precious metals and stones with a clear trackable mine-to-market custody chain. Ethical sourcing requires a transparent supply chain. I work with 100% recycled …

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