So I finally found some time to let you know what I’ve been up to. I have been busy with a project working with Natracare who make high quality, organic and natural feminine hygiene products.
I was asked to make a collection of jewellery, which gave me a fairly broad brief as I could use any item in their range from panty liners to tampons. I also had to think about everything I used, from organic thread, to where my silver had been sourced from.
It was really important to me to make the tampons and other items look like jewellery, to transform them from their original state, so I started experimenting. My main inspiration came from Elizabethan ruffs, I wanted to find out if I could unfurl the tampons and dye them. I had to think about which natural dyes to use – would they fall apart once dyed?
This collection will now be accompanying a dress that is also made from Natracare products to San Francisco December 2nd to 4th for Teens Turning Green’s Project Green Challenge: Green University summit finals. Then it will remain in the States for the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim California in March 2012.
I am so excited that other people are going to get to see my work around the world, I think it is increasingly important that people think about where the products they buy come from and the harmful materials they may contain.
This was such a fun and interesting commission, I can’t wait for my next one!