This collection aims to pay homage to the raw natural world, drawing particular attention to the overlooked scraps that are discarded during the acts of cooking and eating. In a digital age where great food on social media becomes more and more popular; and can be edited and altered to reveal only the polished parts, it can be easy to forget its origins and the waste created when putting together a beautifully executed plate of food. Our natural growing food should be celebrated in all forms and ‘one man’s trash’ is about stripping back all of the added extras, leaving behind only the parts typically destined only for the bin. It’s their time to shine!
There is beauty to be found in the unlikely – in this case? Your kitchen bins. In the UK, around 30% of our household waste is made up of food scraps. Our daily routines consist of mindlessly discarding the parts of fruits and vegetables that we don’t use in our food, piling up in our bins until it’s time for them to end up in landfill. But these little scraps that we give no second thought to contain little traces of our natural existence.
Inspired by a combination of a love for food and intrigue in finding beauty in unlikely places, each piece in this collection commemorates a discarded natural food item. The textures and colours found in many fruit and veg have an understated beauty to them – often in the parts we throw away and don’t use . A mixture of sharp-edged lines created by man-made utensils, and rip and tooth marks made by human hands and mouths, each act of preparing and consuming food leaves behind a non-permanent trace of our existence that typically overlooked. Having these marks imprinted and immortalised in metal pieces takes them from being ‘rubbish’ to something that can be appreciated for a long time.
Jewellery is something most people perceive to be decorative, to be worn proudly; and often in relation to a particular memory or person and I think food provokes the same kind of emotions. It’s universal yet can be very personal from the way we chose to consume it. By casting scraps and offcuts in precious metals with added gemstones and pearls, there’s a mixed sense of recognisability and surrealness surrounding these pieces. There’s something lovely about seeing a familiar object, but not as you know it – and that’s part of what this collection aims to do.