Rachelle Thiewes
How have you been influenced by the project?

Color has been the focus of my jewelry for the past eight years. In receiving my box of recyclable jewelry I decided to challenge myself by using only gemstones found in the jewelry. I’m not much entranced by gemstones and they haven’t been part of my jewelry since my undergraduate days - so definitely a new mindset. But color and light reflection are part of my current work and the gems I selected play off those interests. In my studio I had a box full of colorful and patterned laminate samples in storage from past house projects. No metal, thus no soldering, no forming, just sawing, filing, simple engineering - pretty basic, for me. This was most definitely a more freeing, quick decision working process - a 180 from how I usually work.
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