All Images Courtesy of Margaux Lange
When I was little, my friend and I tore the heads of his sister's Barbie dolls. After that, the game was pretty much over. Designer Margaux Lange shows a similar penchant for tearing apart Barbie and Ken dolls, but she doesn't stop there. She takes the dismembered heads, arms, legs, breasts and accessories, and makes some very unique- if somewhat macabre- jewelry.
The line is called the Plastic Body Series, and uses salvaged dolls, hand-fabricated sterling silver and pigmented resins to make earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, brooches, pendants, and bangles. Lange says it's "meant to examine and celebrate her own, as well as pop culture's relationship with the icon known simply as: Barbie."
Barbie has come up in the sustainability dialogue a lot in the last few months. She's moved into green digs but was also dumped by Ken for being pro-deforestation (though we can pin that one on doll-maker Mattel).
But whatever your feelings are regarding Barbie, I hope you can appreciate yet another great example of upcycling: the wonderful art of making the disused into the new and exciting.
You can purchase pieces from Lange's Plastic Body Series through her Etsy shop.
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