TAG: Jewelry

Wearable Tech Turns Sustainable

Wearable Tech Turns Sustainable

If you love wooden jewelry and are no stranger to wearable tech, this new line may just be for you. The team at Linou have created a collection of wearable technology, and along with their functional applications they also sport a bit of character. The new designs include a watch and necklace that more resemble pieces of art, with their wooden forms and organic feel. The products just launched on Kickstarter, and the company claims to be breaking ground in this niche in the industry as the first collection of wearable technology that is also sustainably produced. The Wood Tech Watch and… read more

Jewelry – Transposed

Jewelry - Transposed

Whether a reflective statement piece or an artistic addition to a wardrobe, jewelry and the art of crafting it are treasured by many. Though it can be representative of many things, the following designers have completely reworked what jewelry can do. Their creations are totally unexpected and out of the box, and one is even a little avant-garde with a touch of disturbing. Although many may not necessarily be wishing to wear these pieces, they are definitely worth visiting just for their sheer shock factor that normally isn’t included in the jewelry box. Jewelry designer Ewa Śliwińska developed The Living Points Structure, a project… read more

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Those with young children around, in particular, can have a tendency to hate plastic toy clutter. Poor quality plastic toys and trinkets can invade a space, quickly taking up room, and it can also be a reminder of wasteful consumerism. As someone who has loathed my share of I will break in an hour or less plastic toys, the following artists with a strange approach to recycling them is sort of captivating to me. Oh Barbie. She has taken an abstract turn with these jewelry designs from Margaux Lange. An early love of the Barbie doll and all her infinite and imaginative adventures… read more

Gifts For Literary Lovers That Aren’t Books

Gifts For Literary Lovers That Aren’t Books

Buying for book lovers can go both ways, it can are either be easy or difficult. If you know their book collection, both actual books and digital reads by heart and know what they would like to add to it, then it is as simple as finding that item. However, if you aren’t certain what they would really like consider a gift that relates to their favorite genre or beloved novel. This eBook jacket featured on Out of Print Clothing is made from the oldest U.S. bookbindery and is a realistic replica of the cover of the classic novel from… read more

Steampunk Jewelry Displays A Refined Form Of Reuse

Steampunk Jewelry Displays A Refined Form Of Reuse

Steampunk jewelry pieces often utilize discarded and vintage materials to create intricate and distinctive new designs. Many steampunk styles incorporate findings from castoff jewelry and parts of other objects. These handmade items feature upcyled pieces and reused objects to produce unique, durable jewelry. Repurposed watch gears are often used to create stylish signature timepieces. Vintage lockets, pendants and pocket watches can be updated and revived with a crafty hand. This old pocket watch was given some inspiration from Mother Nature and turned into a biomechanically inspired Kafka Clock. This homage to Victorian era nature pieces actually contains an insect specimen, though this one… read more

How the Climate is Shaping the Future of Design

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Necessity facilitates innovation, instigating new creations at a progressive speed. Nothing brings about as much need today as that to limit our contribution to climate destruction. One means of doing this persists through the elimination of waste. While waste reduction is often achieved by implementing sensible habits, such as limiting consumption and recycling, there remains an abundance of existing ‘waste’ that needs to be utilized and kept out of landfills. Thus, more designers are using climate change as inspiration to fuel new ideas and concepts in their work. Boutique Designers Existing businesses are implementing greener practices. Additionally, new businesses are… read more

What’s In Your Stuff?

What's In Your Stuff?

How much do you know about the elements that make up our “everyday” items? Chances are, if it’s inside our mobile phone our our computer, or just about any other gadget, it’s not only invisible to us, but it’s also virtually unknown to us. But a project from Sheffield Hallam University aims to give us a deeper look into the components that comprise our stuff, and raises some interesting (and important) questions. In today’s developed societies we all own an unprecedented amount of “stuff” and nothing is more representative of this than our attitudes to the mobile phone. The increasing… read more

Recycled Tech Jewelry from a 14 Year Old

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Taylor Burghard is making a buzz in central Missouri for her innovative jewelry designs, which incorporate pieces from old computers and other electronic devices. Though she is only fourteen years old, making this up-cycled jewelry is more than a hobby. Instead, Miss Burghard has utilized her talents to create her own business designing and selling this jewelry. Like other entrepreneurs, her ideas stemmed from an early passion. Along with a love for jewelry, Burghard has had a great deal of experience with computers. From age two, she was already getting a taste of entrepreneurship helping out at her parent’s shop,… read more

Jewelry With A Conscious

Jewelry With A Conscious

Jewelry has been worn for self-expression, as statement pieces and to pay cultural homage for as long as people could resourcefully craft and adorn them. Though still a popular accessory, the way some present day pieces are made is much different than previous, more natural based designs. Many items from centuries ago were handmade with natural, locally derived objects. Shells, nuts, seeds, sturdy wheats, grasses and woods are only some examples of organic materials popular for fashioning jewelry. It seems there is always a report surfacing somewhere about toxins found in jewelry like cadmium and lead, or items manufactured in unethical conditions…. read more

Eco Friendly Jewelry Designs

Eco Friendly Jewelry Designs

Jewelry is a complementary accessory, but buying new items can be expensive. Plus, some pieces can have a dark past. Making recycled jewelry can be an economical alternative and allows you to have control over the design. Taking old pieces that are never worn and recycling by having them melted down into new ones is a good option. Silver, gold and other pure metals that you already have may be preferable to buying since it is cost effective and doesn’t require manufacturing new ones. Gold jewelry, for one example, takes up as much as 80% of gold that has to… read more