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Artizen 3-3

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Erica from Recycled Market, interviews artisan Laurette, about her sustainab range, Be-Cycle Trashion Jewellery, produced in a small studio, based in Tell Recycled Market more about your beginnings as an artist and how you came to create recycled jewelry. I trained as silversmith at Plymouth Art college in Devon England, but now I am based in France (I am half French) where I have a workshop and still make a small amount of silver jewellery that I sell locally, but over the years I have been turning more and more to recycled, reclaimed and salvaged materials to make jewellery and accessories. Mainly due to the polluting extraction techniques legal or illegal, violence and warfare associated with some precious gem mining, and more often than not the exploitation of the workers. Also due to fact that we live in a world where every thing is disposable. I enjoy the challenge of turning useless in to useful and beautiful. Can you tell us about your products? I do a range of jewellery from bicycle inner tubes, I like working with this material as it has certain qualities of leather, but also it is elastic and I like to make use of this in my jewellery designs. I also create jewellery from melted, fused glass bottles, beer bottle caps, ring pulls, up-cycled plastic packaging, natural materials such as twigs, stones and vintage objects. Part of the creative process is collecting sufficient quantity's to be able to play around with a new material; this is one of the most enjoyable moments, getting new ideas and inspiration. My workshop is cluttered with experimental pieces and volumes of collected recyclable materials as all this gets my creative juices going. I have to work with the limitations that up-cycled materials posses but this adds an interesting dimension to the creative process, having to work out new techniques or adapting certain tools. Why did you start to work with inner tubes, and how do you source your materials? I used to live in Amsterdam for a while, and as many know the Dutch cycle a lot. You see all types of people in Holland riding bikes. That's where I started using inner tubes, as I wanted to find a recyclable material that was easily available. Now in France, I know a friendly local bicycle repair man and he is more than willing to give me the old inner tubes, he would otherwise discard. Are you a keen cyclist yourself? Yes, I ride regularly. I think that cycling is undervalued. It's a green form of transport and helps the rider to stay fit. Here in France you rarely see anybody on a bike. Bike riding should be promoted a lot more. 10

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