From houses to stunning jewellery
Hello fabulous people,
I was lucky enough to come across the talented jewellery designer Mieke Roy while I was working on Rekindle's Whole House Reuse project a few years ago. A home at 19 Admirals Way Christchurch was deconstructed piece by piece and clever people (like Meike) turned ALL parts of this once loved home into beautiful and original furniture, objects, art and jewellery. Things like a coffee table from an old door, a trumpet from pipes, a dining suite from lathe. Mieke got pieces of hardwood from the kitchen and wall paper of this home and made stunning necklaces and earrings.
Mieke has always been drawn to working with natural materials but when she began renovating her 1930's house a pile of beautiful rimu timber and wallpaper scraps started accumulating that were too precious to waste. Luckily she not only has a passion for honouring old materials but also the talent and skill to turn these items into stunning jewellery. When working with reclaimed materials Mieke feels like she is "creating a physical immortalization of a time when things were better made, from better quality materials that even though they are still in tact and function perfectly, are no longer wanted or don't serve the right purpose anymore and will inevitably be replaced by something far inferior."
While the jewellery she makes isn't made from a large amount of materials, the impact of her pieces is large. They are original, interesting and eye catching; while acting as a link to the past and a reminder to honour our existing materials and resources by reuse, re-invention and re-love (new word - what do you think?)
You can check out Mieke's collections here and I encourage you to explore your local craft markets to see what other jewellery you can find that's made from reclaimed materials.
Since I'm lucky enough to already have some Mieke Roy earrings, my next hunt is for stylish jewellery made from bike inner tubes in NZ...so watch this space.
Love, Pen x