Generally speaking, most people consciously try not to look “trashy” when choosing an outfit or accessories for their wardrobe. Yet, there is something alluring about the shape and shine of Hollie Paxton’s rubbish jewelery. Using precious metals and time-consuming techniques such as enameling, the artist recreates pieces of garbage to re-examine concepts of what can be considered precious or disposable.
By painstakingly modeling pins, rings, and earrings after refuse, Paxton asks the viewer to challenge their ideas of what is valuable. Each piece is presented as a symbol of craft and artistry while at the same time resembling what is discarded without consideration.
“The collection inverts the idea of what can be precious, as the objects I have chosen to recreate, once used, are disposable and almost worthless. Through recreating them in precious materials, using labor intensive processes such as enameling, it interests me as to how our relationship with the object changes, possibly for some, to the point where one would consider wearing ‘rubbish’.” she says of her work.
By adorning oneself with objects that are normally overlooked, it shows a certain level of observation and scrutiny of how waste is treated in society. It prompts a discussion as to how value is constructed and the importance of creativity in relationship to materials. Wearing slips of paper or twist ties dares fashion to rework its notions of status and opens a dialogue as to what style means in terms of personal expression.