11 Feb
Up recycling bottle caps into fine jewelry

Yoav Kotik designs his Kotik Precious Metal collection of earrings, brooches, rings, bracelets, necklaces and pendents from discarded bottle caps. Although they’re called “Precious Metals”, I’m not sure I see any actual precious metals — unless he’s being ironic, of course. Absorbing the pop iconography of these brands and their well marketed images — eg the clementine orange explosion of Fanta, the “pureness” of Coca Cola, the Eastern mysticism of the Singha dragon, etc — the wearer simultaneously mocks consumerism while appropriating the expensive message these brands have spent so many billions creating. And you get to wear recycled jewelry instead of blood diamonds.

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