Blow-up dolls aren’t the only faux folk getting hacked to bits, both literally and metaphorically. Artist Margaux Lange mines pre-owned Barbie dolls for body parts that she turns into sardonic—and more than a little creepy—statement jewelry. From brooches made from multiple, multiethnic Barbie limbs (a celebration of diversity?) to heart-shaped necklaces showcasing some of Barbie’s naughtier portions, upcycled jewelry doesn’t get any more fun than this.
Even Ken gets a little (brooch) action.
LIFE IN PLASTIC
What possessed Lange to use the iconic doll as both her muse and medium? “Barbie dolls played a fundamental role in fueling my creative life growing up and are what cultivated my interest in adornment,” she writes on her site. “An invaluable tool for my imagination as a child, ironically, Barbie continues to be such for me as an adult.”
Lange’s handmade pieces are the antithesis of the cookie-cutter mass production Barbie exemplifies.
Lange’s laboriously handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces are also the antithesis of the cookie-cutter mass production that Barbie exemplifies. “I take pleasure,” she says, “in the contrast and contradiction of mass-produced materials transformed and revealed as handmade, wearable works of art.”
But even the perky plastic princess (who looks awfully good for a 50-year-old) needs to get with the times—and Mattel knows it, too. The polls are open for you to vote for Barbie’s next career, including environmentalist, surgeon, and computer engineer. No prizes for guessing which one we chose.