Would You Wear Trash Collected Off Beaches And Waterways?
Have you ever thought about different ways to raise awareness about plastics and man made waste on our beaches? I’m sure you didn’t think to wear any of the trash collected off the beach could be an effective way to raise awareness.
Recently in an interview, I was asked why I became a sustainable designer and used plastics and man made debris to create jewellery. I realized that, for me anyway, it was about being proactive and respectful of both the planet and people.
An extract from the interview goes some way to explaining what makes me tick.
Nu4u Creative’s philosophy is based on modelling [“walking the talk”] rather than direct action. I try to make things fun rather than a chore and present a solution to plastics in an unconventional way.
This approach, I hope, allows people the head space to consider this major issue at their own pace and in their own time.
After all, I believe you can catch more ants with honey than vinegar, or in my case, with eco jewellery.
My jewellery is therefore designed to be whimsical, fun, quirky and unique at one level and ethical, educational, and environmental at another.
What Does This Have To Do With ” Would You Wear Trash Off The Beach?”
I love making pieces that have a range of materials and techniques in them. Adding multiple layers of meaning to each piece is consequently an added bonus. By taking material that’s discarded and contaminated [ i.e ” trash”] and then converting it into something beautiful is such fun. A wonderful challenge that I relish. By converting a muddy bundle of tangled fishing line and rusty hooks and sinkers into a fashion bangle, I challenge people’s ideals.
From a bundle of dirty, tangled and contaminated netting, fishing line and twine…
….into a bangle which packs a punch. Would you dare wear an eco fashion statement made from marine debris like this bangle?
So, Would You Wear Trash?
Not only do I relish changing something ugly into something beautiful, meaningful and ethical, but I love gently and quietly pushing boundaries.
As Paul Vixie said, ” Be neither a conformist nor a rebel, for they are really the same thing. Find your own path, and stay on it.”
This little video says it all, I think….