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This piece is part of a series of sculptural jewelry pieces I created using paper that was made from cotton clothing thrift stores had declared “unsellable” and were being taken to the land fill. I created this series to bring awareness to the environmental and humanitarian effects of the fashion industry and encourage people to buy organic, fair trade, and recycled clothing.
The demand for man-made fibers, especially polyester, has nearly doubled in the last 15 years. In order to manufacture nylon, nitrous oxide is released as part of the process. Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas that is 310 times stronger than carbon dioxide. Organic farming takes 1.5 tons of CO2 per acre per year out of the atmosphere.
This piece is named after Altamont Land Fill outside of Oakland, California. It is the largest land fill in Northern California and is a leader of sustainability in land fills.
This necklace clasps with an elaborate key clasp. The orange sapphire on the top of the clasp that is set with woven gemstone beads.
The piece comes with a plexiglass box/protective case, in which it can be stored in and displayed on a wall in your home as an art piece.
Materials: paper made from green cotton clothing, recycled sterling, copper, sapphire cabochon, freshwater pearls, various types of garnets, shellac.