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NYC Architect Makes Jewelry From Discarded Rubber Bands, Paper Clips

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Who needs to keep their cubicle stocked with analog paraphernalia now that we’ve all moved to paperless offices? Well, if you’re Margarita Mileva, obsolete office supplies make the perfect components for vibrant jewelry, such as twisty necklaces made from multicolored rubber bands, chokers pieced together from wire binding, and pendants fashioned from circular paper clips.

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RUBBER BANDIT

Mileva, a practicing architect, heads up M2, the accessories offshoot of Milev Architects in New York City. The child of two artists, Mileva finds inspiration in the objects we throw away as a result of changing technology. In the case of architecture firms that go digital, boxes upon boxes of paper clips, business cards, grommets, wire-binding supplies, ribbons, mosaic stones, and rubber bands are left to collect dust.

“I love that I can ‘draw’ and ‘paint’ with rubber bands,” Mileva says.

Of her Mileva’s myriad pieces, her rubber-band necklaces are our favorites by far. Knotted, twisted, and braided every which way, the multihued sculptures almost resemble strands of DNA or underwater coral. “I love the fact that I can ‘draw’ and ‘paint’ with rubber bands,” she says on her Etsy page. Memo to Mileva: We do, too.

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3 Responses to “NYC Architect Makes Jewelry From Discarded Rubber Bands, Paper Clips”

  1. annmadeart says:

    I love what Mileva is doing with rubber bands! An amazing artist’s eye and a creative problem-solver as well. We also, at Ann-Made, take something of little value and raise the bar so that it is something artistic and something to be cherished…all with soda can tabs. You can see our work at http://www.AnnMadeArt.com. Kudos to Mileva!

  2. nikolad says:

    I like this idea, but rubber bands typically deteriorate after a few years, so it doesn’t seem like these pieces would last very long.

  3. Detra60 says:

    I am expose to four inch rubber bands on a daily and I like to do something creative with them. thanks your site for it provided me with so great ideas.

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