Elephant Bells II. Recycled Silver & Bamboo Brooch.  The bamboo represents the logging industry and the silver bells represent the usually wooden bells which hand around the neck of an elephant when they are working the trekking trade. This is to alert tourists or workers when the elephant is near by. I decieded to replicate these in Silver. 

Elephant Bells II. Recycled Silver & Bamboo Brooch.

The bamboo represents the logging industry and the silver bells represent the usually wooden bells which hand around the neck of an elephant when they are working the trekking trade. This is to alert tourists or workers when the elephant is near by. I decieded to replicate these in Silver. 

 Elephant Bells I. Recycled Copper, Wood & Rope.   A piece from my final work at University and from my Graduation Show collection.   My project was based on my trip to Thailand the previous summer and my experience volunteering with rescued elephants. The work was produced to covertly reveal truths about the tourist trekking trade and the elephants’ lives before being rescued.  This is achieved by the wearer of my jewellery wearing the representations of the same things as a working elephant -  the trekking chair, the rope, the chain and the bells that are hung around the elephant’s neck.  It is important that my work asks questions and intrigues people, drawing them in to discover more about the deeper meaning.

Elephant Bells I. Recycled Copper, Wood & Rope. 

A piece from my final work at University and from my Graduation Show collection. 

My project was based on my trip to Thailand the previous summer and my experience volunteering with rescued elephants. The work was produced to covertly reveal truths about the tourist trekking trade and the elephants’ lives before being rescued.

This is achieved by the wearer of my jewellery wearing the representations of the same things as a working elephant -  the trekking chair, the rope, the chain and the bells that are hung around the elephant’s neck.

It is important that my work asks questions and intrigues people, drawing them in to discover more about the deeper meaning.

 'Silver Flower' Necklace.  Silver Plated Recycled Copper, Silver Rivets and Bamboo.   The chain itself represents the restriction that the elephant has when it is chained to the floor as part of being a working elephant. It is made up of a mixture of very industrial looking links, as well as hammered, reticulated and pierced links to represent the abuse that the elephants face and the often occurrence of holes in the ears due to bull hooks being used. The framed bamboo represents the logging trade that many of the elephants that I volunteered with had been rescued from. The cast material represents the entertainment industry such as circuses and street performing where the elephants are usually forced to wear bright/colourful materials or costumes which cover up the abuse that they face. I named this piece 'Silver Flower' as one of the elephants at ENP rescued from the entertainment industry was called 'Dok Ngern' in Thai which translates to 'Silver Flower' in English. 

'Silver Flower' Necklace.

Silver Plated Recycled Copper, Silver Rivets and Bamboo. 

The chain itself represents the restriction that the elephant has when it is chained to the floor as part of being a working elephant. It is made up of a mixture of very industrial looking links, as well as hammered, reticulated and pierced links to represent the abuse that the elephants face and the often occurrence of holes in the ears due to bull hooks being used. The framed bamboo represents the logging trade that many of the elephants that I volunteered with had been rescued from. The cast material represents the entertainment industry such as circuses and street performing where the elephants are usually forced to wear bright/colourful materials or costumes which cover up the abuse that they face. I named this piece 'Silver Flower' as one of the elephants at ENP rescued from the entertainment industry was called 'Dok Ngern' in Thai which translates to 'Silver Flower' in English.