Sunday, June 17, 2007

Barbie Bling

The amazing Sara du Long popped in for a visit the other day. I can't quite remember how the topic of Barbie dolls came up in our conversation, but Sara told me about her friend and fellow jewelry designer Margaux Lange. Margaux creates unique hand-crafted jewelry using elements from Barbie dolls. The plastic parts are framed within sterling silver and combined with pigmented epoxy resin. Her designs are sophisticated and elegant, the overall effect is both beautiful and a bit creepy!

I was obsessed with the popular fashion dolls as a little girl - well into my adolescence! The Barbie compulsion is rare in its influence on countless young women from multiple generations, as Barbie was launched by Mattel in 1959. I have to assume that Margaux also played with Barbie when she was a little girl; I admire the way she has incorporated nostalgia from her childhood into her adult work, while at the same time commenting on feminism and ideas about beauty thru quality craftsWOMANship and a sense of humor.

Visit Margaux's website to view more of her unique designs, including a variety of necklaces, bracelets, brooches, rings and earrings - all featuring elements of the precious plastic icon.