Hawaiian metal artist Luana Coonen is remarkable for her "passion to use found objects and renewable materials." Born and raised in that idyllic environment, she learned to really appreciate nature when she moved to the city - specifically the San Francisco Bay area to earn her BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing. Her one of her kind designs reflects her commitment to be "socially responsible and minimizes impact to the earth."
|Leaf Skeleton Earrings|
My favorites were her earring designs. She encases the natural material in recyclable "polycarbonate, a thin shatter resistant material, similar to what eye glasses are made from." The handmade riveted earring parts are distinctive. Also noteworthy are her anatomical heart designs.
Luana is a most inspiring eco designer who does make it her mission to always consider the sustainability in all she does.
|Blue Morpho butterfly earrings|
Hat tip to reader Aims for this find!
Before You Go:
- Jewelry Made from Unusual Recycled Materials
- How to Make Recycled Jewelry from an Old Belt
- Real Butterfly Jewelry by Debra's Divine Designs
Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
Jewelry Making Tips - Jewelry Business Tips