artist Aaron Moran makes use of found wood from demolition and construction sites and reassembles them into abstract geometric forms. while the shapes of his works resemble bauhaus sculptures, the raw, unpolished texture of scavenged wood injects a warm sense of antiquity and nostalgia into the modern design. this intends to draw attention to the obsolescence of wood as a primary building material of homes and to the fading tradition of customised houses that represented the needs of its inhabitants (in terms of style, size, construction, gardens etc.) as most people in our modern era purchase concrete, prebuilt houses. his sculptures are caught in a time between nostalgia and futurism, capturing our world that is in constant transition, symbolising both our vision and memory.
the symmetry and balance of the form of his works, coupled with the pinch of colour that adds to them a muted vibrance, make his works fun and imaginative. i imagine them to be perfect sets for photoshoots, window displays and love to have one of these as a decorative piece my modern apartment. and i am excited by the idea of having miniature versions of these pretty, meaningful things as pieces of jewellery, aren’t you!
images: aaron moran’s tumblr
in 2009, Finnish artist Janna Syvanoja created a collection of eco-jewellery made from paper and steel wires. becoming a jeweller was a complete accident as she was never trained in jewellery design and was merely making shapes with shredded newspapers and telephone directories. till now, in her artist statement, she says she doesn’t ‘design’ — all she does is “curv[e] each slice of paper around the steelwire, one by one, one after another, it is as if the piece grows into its shape by itself”. this gives her jewellery a truly organic feel as the paper sculptures recover and preserve the “character of wood… [and its] association to the whole organic world, the way it builds itself, being in constant change, traveling in time.”
it is also apt that she uses materials like newspapers and telephone directories as her materials for making her jewellery, not only because of its soft and moldable quality, but also because these texts, upon being printed, have also their date of expiry determined — they are relevant only for a specific time period and are outdated thereafter. yet, despite the transience, they are irrevocably the most accessible texts and prove to be important for communicating information. her eco-jewellery, thus, capture the spirit of recycling and communicate to us its importance — that so much go to waste everyday (unknowingly and inevitably), and with it, the multitude of potential these materials have. so why not throw less and make more beauty?
i would imagine these pieces to be statement-making because of the sculptural form and the interesting texture but essentially comfortable to wear because they’re made of lightweight paper — unlike acrylic sculptural jewellery.
Syvanoja also makes other jewellery from found pieces of junk but this collection is probably her best known one.
images: Charon Kransen Arts
the moment i saw Hafsteinn Juliusson‘s Growing Jewelry collection, i knew i had to share it with all you green-lovers. this collection marries jewellery and gardening, the modern and the organic, as the rings and necklaces hold in them real Icelandic moss that will grow well if watered appropriately. what attracted me was the simplicity and juxtaposition of the materials – silver and moss. the minimalist, modern look of the silver makes the otherwise banal moss look refreshing and even pristine.
these are so easy to love. they are completely handmade and the little patch of life is grown, sustained and maintained by yourself. it is almost as if every piece is unique and grows in character by going through days with the owner. such quiet comfort!
image credits: HAF
many would think that fashion and eco awareness are two complete different binaries.
but Steven Meisel has proven us wrong. shortly after the oil spillage incident in the United States, he shot a breath taking editorial with Kristen Mcmenamy for Italian Vogue.
yes i know its old news but its great news.
image credits: modelcouture
just 4 days ago, our contributing writer Shi Ying wrote a post regarding on Gary Card’s sculptural pieces using plants and just plants.
now check out the making of these extraordinary pieces.
image credits: gary card.ology