Michelle Lowe-Holder Turns Fashion Industry Castoffs Into Dramatic Jewelry

by , 10/03/12   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Green Designers

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Curtis’s picture of a “Wishhan Girl” in an elaborately beaded shirt and a headpiece of coins proved particularly memorable. “Coins embody value and worth,” Lowe-Holder explains. “It is no coincidence that military medals feel coin-like.” To achieve a similar effect, Lowe-Holder paired upcycled pre-euro coins with metallic military trims from one of the few British manufacturers in existence today. Its usual client? Her Majesty the Queen, who favors the braid on her palace uniforms.

Lowe-Holder placed her own stamp on the “ribbon-chain” trend by mixing “tapestry patterns, vintage stripes, and geometric ribbons.”

She also placed her own stamp on the “ribbon-chain” trend by mixing “tapestry patterns, vintage stripes, and American Indian geometric ribbons and colors” to create complex and lively designs in rich harvest hues: burnt sienna, sunshine yellow, apple green, and chocolate.

Although Lowe-Holder is known for her unique twist on artisanal techniques such as smocking, pleating, folding, and foiling, she also experimented with less orthodox means of embellishment, including the use of metal diary edges in black and silver. “The pieces open and create dimension as they go around the cuff and neck…like the pages of a book,” she says.

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