Littlefly in the UK has created something truly unique, jewelry made from the pages of books.
Now I am completely torn on this topic.
On one hand I adore books and destroying one is like blasphemy to me. On the other hand the beauty of these wearable works of art, these “literary jewels” by designer Jeremy May are so stunning and so unique that I think they are simply gorgeous.
Let me show you some of the designs and you be the judge.
Here is how Littlefly describes the jewelry:
Paper is many things: a carrier of text, illustration, history and emotion.
Jeremy May has captured the beauty of paper via a unique laminating process. Littlefly jewellery is made by laminating hundreds sheets of paper together, then carefully finishing to a high gloss. The paper is selected and carefully removed from a book, and the jewellery re-inserted in the excavated space.
Each piece is impossible to replicate, and is unique to the wearer. The beauty of the jewels extends within the piece: text and images pass all the way though the object, only exposed at the surfaces – giving a tantalising glimpse of the book within.
What do you think? Aren’t they beautiful?
I just hope the books used to create these pieces are recycled or upcycled books that are otherwise damaged or unreadable (pages missing, pages ripped, water damage, etc). What do you think? Is this an acceptable form of reuse?