OBX Art shopping – Eco- Friendly Jewels

Soda Cans one day Earrings the Next!

As the saying goes, one mans trash is another man’s treasure or in the case of artist Meredith Young’s jewelry one man’s trash is every women’s treasure! One of the most popular new lines of jewelry at Studio 12  is made, not from precious metals or semi-precious stones but the not so precious stuff you find in your garbage can.  Artist Meredith Young saw trash in a whole new light and has made us want it dangling form our throats and ears every since! Meredith received a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Maine College of Art, creating jewelry has been her passion for over 15 years. She is always looking for inspiration in common objects such as the Arizona Tea can that was the inspiration for her current line of work. 

Meredith says: “While trolling the grocery store I had an ah ha moment in the soda aisle. All the pretty patterns and colors… wow! So I started playing with things I had from other projects and voila! A new “green” jewelry idea was taking shape. No two are alike. 90% handmade with recycled materials and quality findings… It’s a great idea. I believe in “One mans trash is another’s treasure”

Meredith’s necklaces and earrings are made from recycled soda, beer, iced tea and juice cans. Each “petal” is individually cut and layered to create a three dimensional flower. Then it is secured in the center and topped with a clear faceted rhinestone. Earrings dangle on sterling silver ear wires. Necklaces hang on an 18″ shiny silver colored metal ball chain that is nestled into a tiny handmade envelope made from paper grocery bags. All jewelry is carded on hand made card backs made from recycled materials such as pizza, cereal, soda boxes and anything else made of cardboard with pretty colors. Each piece is a one of a kind due to the unique nature of materials. 

Meredith Young  called the Outer Banks of North Carolina her home for over 13 years until re-locating to West Virginia, to assist her ailing parents. Studio 12 is proud to be representing her work since the Grand Opening of our newly expanded gallery in April of 2012.

This year Meredith has included bracelets, necklaces and fun dangle earrings into her line with bright and fun colors! Next time you are in the gallery ask us about Meredith Young’s uncanny collection! Mention this Blog post and receive 10% of your next purchase of the Meredith Young line of Jewels!

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