For artist (and landscape architect) Jeremy Mays, printing words on paper is only the inaugural manifestation of the author’s ideas and vision. Once discarded and half-forgotten, a book can find new life as a gleaming ring, necklace, or bracelet. Through a process of layered compression and lacquering, Mays takes pages from a secondhand volume and sculpts them into a one-of-a-kind wearable.
Mays takes pages from a secondhand volume and sculpts them into a one-of-a-kind wearable.
Mays, who sources his vintage books from all over the globe, rifles through each work to find a distinct quote that will inspire the form of his final creation. Because each piece is so unique as to be impossible to replicate, Mays gives his literary baubles serial numbers.
On the horizon is an eco-friendlier lacquer, which will result in rings that are as sustainable as they are beautiful. Prices start at £100 for a ring presented in a box but can cost as much as £1,500 for a more complex piece that is presented inside the book from which it was excavated.