My passions are for jewelry and design. While the past seven years of my creative life have been dominated by architecture, jewelry has crept into my life and captured my heart (and evenings) over the last years. It has made me... [more]
My passions are for jewelry and design. While the past seven years of my creative life have been dominated by architecture, jewelry has crept into my life and captured my heart (and evenings) over the last years. It has made me realize that the handcrafted object is something of great value that we have forgotten in our society.
I enjoy using many different methods to create beautiful and affordable objects to wear, while contributing to the renewal of the forgotten handcrafted arts.
To begin with, I re-use discarded metal items to create many different types of jewelry. For example, as you can see in one of the photos that I submitted, I transformed an old key into a pendant by cutting a pattern into it and wire-wrapping freshwater beads onto it.
Metals are not the only materials I like to re-use.
My most recent project (see http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24948740: ) involves making translucent newsprint necklaces with old microfiches of the New York times. and MAPS: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=25400210.
I do LOCAL stuff too... I haven`t photographed my Toronto ones, but you can see my Portland local stuff on my facebook fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MarKhed-Crafts/62679749762?ref=nf
I also do stained glass housewares/decor I can show you in person... and Christmas decoration for trees like my pendants but with Christmas themes
I find the act of bringing new value to something seen as worthless an exciting concept. As technology continues to change rapidly, the items we discard seem to increase tenfold. Reuse is my reaction to this culture of disposal.
I complement this recycled fashion with some labor intensive pieces begun from scratch. For these I use a variety of materials, from precious metals such as silver and gold to brass and copper. These projects offer me a playground for the expression of my own aesthetic.
Prices range from 25-150, depending on the materials used and the labor involved. [show less]