Puente Hills Couture


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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.

Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person, per year.  Only about one-fifth of the clothing donated to charities is directly used or sold in thrift shops.  5% of every landfill is textiles.  

PuenteHillsCouture_Back_LexiDalyThis piece is named after Puente Hills Landfill in Los Angeles.  It is the largest US landfill, towering 500 feet high, and taking in 12,000 tons of waste every day.

The paper used in this necklace was created by Anne Beck and Dietmar Krumrey of the Lost Coast Culture Machine, in Fort Bragg California.  It was made solely with red cotton clothing.  To learn more about the paper click here

This necklace clasps on the side next to the large bead, which I created using various metals and woven gemstones. The back of the necklace can be taken off and a simple chain attached for times when the wearer would like a smaller version of the necklace.

Puente Hills Couture Clasp

detail of bead and clasp

Materials:  paper made from red cotton clothing, shellac, brass, sterling, copper, citrine, carnelian, amethyst, freshwater pearls, glass 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.