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 color gives more value to the cheap plastic material and decontextualizes the material.
We have all seen variations of plastic bottle jewelry that are meaningless in design and cheap. Gulnur Ozdaglar’s designs actually look worthy of purchase at the department store or boutique. The fashion brand Marni actually remade one of his PET necklaces as part of the Runway to Green fashion show in which more than twenty of the worlds favorite fashion houses came together to generate awareness and raise funds for the environment. Portions of exclusive product sales, like this necklace, went towards benefiting environmental organizations.
You can visit his blog at: http://gulguvenc.blogspot.com/