In response to the week’s theme of Found Objects, I made a choker necklace by using various shopping bills.
By making this necklace I wanted to explore the idea of wearable art and with the bills, make a statement about how capitalism is binding us (in the form of a choker around the neck - showing the hold it has on us).
In a cultural context, the choker dates back thousands of years and was first worn by the world's earliest civilizations: the Sumer empire in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Over time, it developed into a symbol of female ferocity and power. Today it is one of the most trendiest of fashion jewellery, and sold by fast fashion brands all over the world.
Similar work has been produced by Cyrus Kuburu, a Kenyan artist who creates bold eyewear sculptures. His practice is deeply tied to Afrofuturism, a genre that combines science fiction, magical realism, and historical fiction with the culture and politics of the African diaspora.
Similar work has been created by Natalie Vladamiroff, who designed a collection of dresses made with plastic bags and tablecloths: https://www.vogue.com/article/sustainable-fashion-natalie-vladimiroff