Central Saint Martins Sustainable Jewellery Show

'Tomorrow's Chip Papers' was the name of Central St Martin's Sustainable Catwalk jewellery show held on April Fool's Day 2011. The creativity of the students blossomed under the challenge to create beautiful, earth-friendly body adornments.

From Central Saint Martin's BA Jewellery Catwalk Show of sustainable jewellery. Designer: Charlotte Le Hardy, made from knitted wood, wire and a dead bird. Photo: Sam Davies

'Tomorrow's Chip Papers' was the name of Central St Martin's Sustainable Catwalk jewellery show held on April Fool's Day 2011. The creativity of the students blossomed under the challenge to create beautiful, earth-friendly body adornments. Rubbish bags, twigs and discarded kebab sticks, the detritus of our indulgence, don't exactly shout 'glamour' but in the hands of those inventive students at CSM they became striking, highly original jewels for the catwalk. The BA Jewellery Design 2012 graduates had been set the task of creating sustainable jewels and the result was an explosion of originality that twists our perceptions of what jewellery can be made from. With a tongue in cheek nod the British throwaway culture, the catalogue was printed on 'chip' paper and guests were given origami-folded totes made from the daily London papers, more normally to be found swirling around our ankles. The students' work was divided into four themes: Nature, Glamour, Fantasy and Dark. Once the music started, guests were treated an extravaganza of fantastic creations to adorn the body made in a variety of un-loved materials.  Old tights and sponges were transformed into a bulging collar as chic as Parisian couture, woven black bin bags morphed into a glossy, oversized hood and drab old cardboard became an avant-garde face and body shield. Forgotten kebab sticks found glory bristling out from an all-white head piece and collar ensemble and a dead bird looked chirpy nestled amongst a tangle of twigs that enshrouded the model.  Enjoy the show, and remember, what you throw away might well become someone else's treasure. Photos courtesy of Scrimshaw Photos.

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