As the proliferation of obsolete computers, cell phones and other technological gadgets increases, many are trying to implement new ways to repurpose electronic waste, in order to cope with this unending flood of discarded tech. Chilean, New York City based artist Marcela Godoy produced these lovely specimens of jewelry from e-waste found during her stint as an artist-in-residence at The Lower East Side Ecology Center's electronics recycling facility in Brooklyn.
Using traditional knot-typing techniques that are usually reserved for rope making, Godoy's Elle collection transforms rough, ugly cables into something quite feminine and wearable. She explains her motivation in using these unconventional materials for making jewelry:
Each year, nearly 50 million tons of electronic trash is generated in the world, and a large portion of these materials are considered garbage, when in fact they are not. Nowadays, electronic devices are quickly discarded for a better, nicer, or newer ones, and not because their useful lives are over. This project transforms electronic waste into stunning, unique, and colorful handcrafted jewelry, while exemplifying an environmentally-aware fashion statement.
We admire Godoy's creativity in using actual USB male and female cables, and other various original connectors, as a way of clasping her jewelry. It lends a unique touch, while keeping with the tech-inspired theme. The knotting techniques used depend on the length and thickness of the scrap cable used.