Medium circular brooch. Citrus fruit peel, sintered aluminum, stainless steel.
2.5” x 2.7” x 1”
Sha-green jewellery series presents food waste, in the form of discarded citrus fruit peel, as a biodegradable vegan alternative to the traditionally animal-based luxury decorative surface shagreen (ray or shark skin). This scented material comes alive when worn; as it is warmed by the body it emits a subtle fruity fragrance. The presented circular brooches and ring could be seen as a form of ‘cause jewellery’, as they are designed to engage the viewer by subtly drawing attention to issues around sustainability and the concept of circular design, whilst also referencing the appealingly rounded forms various citrus fruits take. Circular badges are commonly worn to demonstrate allegiance to a particular cause and are also often intended to invite discussion and debate on the subject presented. In this case, and in response to the exhibition’s theme of Covid-19 up-ending and ending lives, the circular Sha-green pieces limited lifespans highlight the fleeting and complex nature of human existence and the passing of time, suggesting the ultimate end that conventional jewellery circumvents through its endurance.