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THE GREEN SHOW – Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse

Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo Gallery, Epic Center – September 2011
Working with a GREEN point of view, seventeen Kalamazoo area artists investigated how this might
impact their work. Many have looked to found objects as a source of materials and inspiration.
Others are recycling work that they created earlier in their career.
Still others are inspired by objects found in nature. Show Statement.

Kara/Daniel Jewelery, RePurposed Family Jewelry

Kara/Daniel Jewelery, RePurposed Family Jewelry
Our design process is one of collaboration. We are interested in not only the aesthetic of the eventual wearer (the environment of the piece) but also how it will be worn (The terrain of the piece). With this information guiding us, we consider how the existing materials metals and gemstones will interact and thrive in this environment and terrain.

Our journey together as collaborators and partners began in 2002 when we embarked on a summer apprenticeship on an off-grid organic CSA farm. What followed were three years of learning to live the most sustainable life we could ... living in a timberframe strawbale studio that we hand built, growing our own food, hauling water and firewood.

When we relocated back to Kalamazoo our challenge became on of translating those ethics to our urban setting, and into our artistic work. One of the most satisfying ways that this has happened artistically is our work in repurposing, recycling, and renewing family heirloom and vintage pieces for our custom clients. In a culture that normalized throwing away the old in order to buy the new, it is a gift to be able to restore an item of adornment's value to the wearer. We often are recycling precious metals and gemstones that are on their second or third re-cycle as they've moved through the generations.

Kara Aubin and Daniel Juzwiak, kdJ@karadanieljewelry.com