Using waste to save the planet, Heather Green’s E!urika jewellery and corporate gift business transforms discarded computer parts into art with a message. Inspired by Jerry Newson, who set up an e-waste section at the footprints eco centre and now heads up a dedicated e-waste depot in Maitland, Heather sources only discarded components that cannot be used for refurbished computers.
“I like to find the beauty in waste and combine components with bits of nature, like shells, feathers, leather, stones, perspex offcuts, beads and wirework to create my jewellery, dream catchers or brain-teasers,” says Heather.
This gentle former massage therapist crafts her exquisite pieces with love and literally blows new life into stuff that would normally end up on the scrapheap. An alchemist at work, a passion for shifting mindsets, she likes initiating new things, especially new ways of seeing things.
“The message it sends out to the wearer is equally important, that we can combine man’s waste with natural things and create beauty. Hope woven into mindless destruction is the core of my artistic expression; a gesture to restore balance, a symbol of personal growth.”
In her hands anodized (coloured) aluminium, laminated copper and coloured wires combined with nature tell a totally different story, suggesting a new future; another life.
“My express wish is that these forms rebirthed will act as inspiration for people to minimise the waste destroying our lives, our planet.”
A handful of E!urika creations are now travelling to a large computer show in Kensington, England, where they will be exhibited by Louise Robinson, director of a computer consulting company, together with 3000 other exhibits. So the brainteaser with beaded SA flag and strelitzia paperweights will be representing our country’s creativity and innovation.
Heather does special promotional gifts for companies and special events and can be contacted at 0763993790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.