Upcycling is not my favourite word. I'm not even sure what it implies. Does 'up' mean 'better'? Higher value? Trendy? It's one of those words that sits slightly askew in my head and never feels right to say.
Call me a Luddite (I call myself one) but personally, I still like the word 'recycled' as a way to describe taking something old and turning it into something new.
Whatever the word, the idea of giving a piece of damaged or old jewellery new life appeals to me. So, when I was asked to work with these two bracelets I saw it as a welcome opportunity.
These aren't complex in design, nor is the result earth-shattering. I just like the idea that I could reinvent items that have significance to their owner. While we live in a time of constant change and constant advancement where most things are disposable, that actually means something.
Telling stories and making jewellery since the days of big hair and eyeliner.