Work in progress….Fall 2014 Collection
In 2009, YB Green was created to raise awareness that the City of New Orleans has not recycled glass since Hurricane Katrina and there is a community need for it. YB Green collects glass bottles from the 9th Ward in New Orleans, and then it is crushed, melted and designed into jewelry.
YB Green is recycling all over the world. Right now, I am working on incorporating traditional European glass-making and silversmithing techniques into my designs. During my journey, I came across an awesome project led by social entrepreneurs in Halle, Germany. This city is the most blighted city in Germany and while some may see it as an empty city full abandoned buildings from the Cold War, the people of Halle see it as an opportunity to rebuild and redefine living. I am reminded of the 9th Ward’s Global Green and Make it Right projects. Therefore, it is fitting for me to create a special collection using glass from Halle to benefit a specific project where an old slaughterhouse is being recycled into a cooperative housing and working community (Genossenschaft Halle-im-Wandel). You can read more (in German) here and here (English and German). While I am working on these new ideas, you can shop the classics that put me on the map. YB Green is available at the Katzen Museum Shop at American University in Washington DC, PLUP (Planet Upcycling) in Düsseldorf, Big Cartel and DAWANDA.
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