Re-Art Charity Project
Just for fun,
Also, as aluminum is not deemed a precious metal and/or is considered difficult to treat, it is not often used in jewelry. But when I approached it with the same respect I would show other more highly regarded metals, and "faced it with my heart," it rewarded me with more than I could have ever imagined. I found aluminum to be a wonderful material.
This was my first attempt at making jewelry, and as I didn't have any jeweler's tools I used my carpenter's tools to roughly cut and contrive each individual piece. I believe it was those tools that helped give the pieces their more "chiseled" and "organic" feel. Most of the materials I use have a past life, discarded pieces with their history recorded in their scratches and scars. Instead of being looked upon as unsightly, I want those elements to be taken in as part of the character of the piece, and as a compliment to their intrinsic beauty.
With this project, the expression "a diamond in the rough" took on an entirely new meaning. My ideas of recycling couldn't have been more beautifully put into practice than to see eight of my creations embellished with the highest quality diamonds, generously donated by the Uchihara Group, from their SA BIRTH line. To combine a base material with the opulent stature of a diamond is a revolutionary idea, but to be able to transform an object that was destined for the trash heap into a reincarnation worthy of such nobility was, for me, the highlight of this project.
It is a great honor, as a small artist, to be given the opportunity to join such a group of visionaries as the Embassy of Botswana, the Uchihara Group, and De'Longhi Japan. I, also, appreciate the cooperation of so many working toward such a worthy cause, and I hope that the "Re-Art Charity Project" can make a great contribution, and help create change, for the Masiela Trust Fund and the children who depend on it for their future.
For more information about the "Re-Art Charity Project" and auction: http://kaden.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/news/2008/10/06/3006.html