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Everything comes from the sea

Sarah Drew Jewellery

Words / Elva Pang
Translation / Iris Heung

真正體驗到海洋污染的嚴重性,是在一次清潔海岸的活動。遠看是陽光海灘的好風景,一走近,卻又是另一道風景。無數的垃圾拍岸而來,用過的塑膠牙刷、飲料瓶、透明膠袋、破爛的球鞋、外賣的發泡膠盒⋯⋯還有連鎖快餐店十多年前採用的包裝紙。一邊執拾,一邊感到很難過,這些東西,是從哪裡漂來,又曾為誰人服務過?忽爾間,我感覺到眼前的牙刷都是我過去多年使用過的、某天吃掉的糖果留下的包裝紙、還有那無數的塑膠瓶⋯⋯不知怎的,好像每件流浪到沙灘的東西,都是自己日積月累留下來的。

曾經掉棄的縱使在眼前消失,卻只是流浪到地球的另一方,很多時候它們的生命比人們的還要悠長。飾物設計師Sarah Drew由約克郡移居至英倫西南端的半島,有著蔚藍的天空和遼闊的海洋,每天與小孩和愛犬到沙灘散步,收集流落到海灘的海洋廢料,並巧妙地製作成漂亮又富心思的飾物。別人眼中的垃圾或是破爛的首飾,在Sarah的眼裡都是獨一無二的,每一件都擁有自己的故事,在親手把它們打磨、拼合在一起的過程或是戴在身上的時候,彷佛嗅到了帶點咸澀的海水氣味,就如置身海洋之中。

I first became fully aware of how seriously our ocean was polluted when I participated in beach cleaning. A beach that appeared to be beautiful from a distance turned out to be visibly dirty with garbage spotted everywhere. Plastic toothbrushes, plastic bottles, plastic bags, worn sneakers, takeaway packagings, and other disposable products all got washed ashore. It saddened me to see this amount of trash, but it also made me curious about where they actually came from. While picking up the trash, I could not help thinking about the plastic toothpaste that I have used, the candy wrappers that I have thrown away, and the countless plastic bottles that I have emptied. Did I actually more or less contribute to all the rubbish on the shore? 

The unwanted products we throw into the trash bin may have disappeared from our sight, but they do not just vanish easily like that. Many of them would end up at a random spot somewhere on the earth and stay there for longer than we could potentially live. The jewellery maker Sarah Drew moved from York to a peninsula on the southwestern coast of England. Living by the seaside, she enjoys taking a stroll with her dog on the beach; she would also pick up the rubbish she finds on the beach and uses them for making accessories. Some might still see her products as trash, but Sarah can always see the unique stories behind every piece of the jewellery she makes. When polishing the materials, putting them together, or wearing them as an accessory, the faint smell of seawater can always remind one of the vast ocean.

O:Obscura
S:Sarah Drew

O:你最近在忙些什麼?
S:我在剛過去的一月完成了在倫敦舉辦的Top Drawer Trade Show,現在正忙於製作生產成品給新的零售商,其中卵石耳環、回收瓶系列和沙灘塑膠頸鍊都是十分受歡迎的產品。另外,我與Crafts Council正計劃合辦工作坊給一些本地學校,利用沙灘上的廢棄塑膠和魚網製作飾物和雕塑。

O:甚麼原因驅使你以海洋的物料創作飾物?
S:在我的孩子還很小的時候,我由約克郡移居至英國西南邊的康沃爾,每天都和我們的小狗Rosie到海灘去。當我們看到沙灘上的塑膠會把它們收集下來。那個時候沒有很多錢去買物料,所以我利用找到的東西來製作一些大塊、色彩豐富和帶來亮點的單品。我喜歡它們的顏色、形狀,還有與美麗的地方存在著的連結。

O:在製作飾物的過程中,有沒有一些難忘或是有趣的經驗?
S:我喜歡人們把一些別具意義的東西給我製作成飾物,這些東西或許使他們想起一個地方,或許是想起一個人。而我則喜歡猜想這些東西是來自哪裡的。有一次我找到了一個來自維多利亞時代的皮鞋鞋底,我更把它製作成一條頸鍊呢。

O:在你的創作的系列中,有沒有最喜歡的作品?
S:我很享受利用再生銀把海洋塑膠固定在一起的時刻,成為小胸針、古怪的耳環和拼貼戒指等,作品結合了沙灘塑膠的顏色和質感,每一件都是獨一無二的。我喜歡這枚結合藍色和綠色的再生銀戒指,並特意地把它留在身邊。

O:你想透過作品表達些甚麼?
S:我喜歡不同的色彩,所以我希望人們戴上我製作的飾物後,能感受到正面的能量。有著幽默感和古怪癖好的人也會像我般喜歡它們吧。可是,作品最重要是想表達一份關注,就是我們該如何對待這個地球。這些作品成為了探討氣候轉變和塑膠污染等議題的一個開端,我在戴上它們時,經常與別人談論到這些議題。

O:你的靈感來自哪裡?
S:我喜歡中世紀的設計和藝術家,例如Barbara Hepworth、Matisse、Margaret Mellis和Terry Frost。我經常和我的小狗在森林裡散步和走到海灘上放鬆,我會不其然地注視著石頭、沙泥、樹皮的天然紋理、色彩鮮艷的海洋,以及康沃爾的天空,並從中得到靈感。

O:你怎樣看可持續性設計和生活方式?
S:我認為這是不費腦筋的事,為何你不去選擇買少一點?或是選擇一些高質又耐用,而且不會損害地球、氣候和工人生命的產品?我想現代的人十分關注環保議題,他們想做一些對的事和買一些不會損耗地球的東西。因此,作為一個創作者,我們有責任提供這些產品和解決方案。這時唯一能傳遞我觀點的方法。

O:請用三個字來形容你的風格。
S:大的、顏色豐富的、飽經風霜的。

O:接下來你有甚麼計劃或項目?
S:在去年的聖誕節前,我和三位藝術家一起在Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens舉辦一個藝術展覽,真的是很精彩,我十分的喜歡。因此,我們正計劃今年舉辦另一場展覽,主要的目的是為氣候轉變和環境污染進行一場對話。另外,我加入了一個本地組織The Cornish Resistance,我們計劃舉辦一些免費的活動和工作坊,鼓勵保持沙灘的清潔和改善社區鄰里的關係,包括一些低收入的人們和小童去享受工藝、野外煮食、種植、音樂和純粹地外出走走。在我的創作系列中,我很享受把來自澳洲、可持續性的貓眼石拋光成戒指和頸鍊,並把收集到的物料結合成大的黃銅和銀色的形狀。這些都是一些可負擔的、人們會喜歡的和值得收藏的藝術品。

O: What have you been working on recently?
S:I went to the Top Drawer trade show in London in January so I’m busy making orders for lovely new stockists: my pebble earrings, recycled bottle collection and beach plastic necklaces were all really popular. I’m also planning workshops for a project I’m doing with the Crafts Council, going into a local school and making jewellery and sculptures from beach plastic and ghost-net. 

O: Why did you start to create the jewellery with the materials from the sea?
S:I moved down to Cornwall from York when my kids were little and we went to the beach every day with our dog Rosie. We saw all the plastic on the beach and used to collect it. At that time I didn’t have much money for materials so I used the pieces I found to make big, colorful statement pieces. I also liked the colors, shapes and connections to a beautiful place.

O: Do you have any memorable or interesting experiences of making jewellery? 
S:I love it when people give me pieces that mean something to make into jewellery for them to remember a place or person, I like to guess where pieces have come from, I found a Victorian leather sole of a shoe once that I made into a necklace.

O:Do you have a favorite piece from the collection? 
S:I’m really enjoying riveting the sea-plastic with eco-silver at the moment to create little brooch, odd earring or ring collages: each one is unique and it’s good to combine the beach plastic colors and textures. I particularly wanted to keep this blue and green eco-silver riveted ring.

O:What do you want to express through your work? 
S:I love color so I want people to feel positive when they wear my jewellery: there’s an element of humor and eccentricity about it that I think people who like it share with me. But perhaps the most important expression is a concern for how we’re looking after the planet. The pieces are a talking point to begin discussions about climate change and plastic pollution: I always talk about these issues when I’m wearing one of my statement pieces.

O: What does your inspiration come from?
S:I love mid-century design and artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Matisse, Margaret Mellis, and Terry Frost. I’m always outside on walks with my dogs in the woods, relaxing on the beaches so I can’t help but be inspired by the natural textures of rocks, sand, bark and vivid colors of the sea and skies in Cornwall.

O: What do you think about sustainable design and lifestyle?
S:I think it’s basically a no-brainer: why wouldn’t you prefer to buy fewer, good quality products that will last longer but won’t harm the planet, climate or worker’s lives? I think people nowadays are very switched on about environmental problems and do really care. People want to do the right thing and buy quality things that aren’t costing the Earth and it’s our responsibility as makers to provide them with those products and solutions. It’s the only way forward in my opinion.

O:Can you use 3 words to explain your style?
S:Big, colorful, weathered.

O: Do you have any plans or projects in the future?
S:With 3 other artists, I put on an art exhibition at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens before Christmas and it was brilliant! Completely loved it, so we’re planning other exhibitions this year, mainly with the aim to start conversations about climate change and pollution. Besides, I’m involved with a local community group The Cornish Resistance so we’re planning free events and workshops to encourage beach cleans and improve community relationships involving people and kids on low income with craft, outdoor cooking, tree-planting, music and getting outside. 

In terms of my collections, I’m enjoying polishing sustainable opals from Australia for rings and necklaces, combining found materials with big, brass and silver shapes: making lots of affordable, artistic pieces that people will love and keep.

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