If you have ever worked at, interned, visited, even watched “Mad Men” you know that there are a lot of wasted supplies at the office. What do these products become? Paper basketballs, paper clip streamers, fake tape fingernail extensions, a post-it monster from another galaxy.
Though the eyes of a hard-working stiff may not see the full potential of these discarded pieces they do create beautiful pieces. Margarita Mileva, an architect and jewelry maker, took one office’s trash and turned the into intricate jewelry pieces that have taken the world by storm. Most recently she has submitted her new Rubber Band Pin Designs to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago gift shop and her designs were recently featured in Art Show – an international contemporary and modern art fair held annually in May. The pieces definitely speak for themselves.
Though Margarita has worked with all office supplies like paper clips, punched-out paper circles, and presentation binding elements her most famous and widely used material is rubber bands. Her rubber band necklaces are easily recognizable for their unusual texture and look as well as the unmistakable feel of rubber. What a show stopper one of these beauties are. Each with their own color story and every one of the pieces are hand-made by Margarita herself.
They are reminiscent of coral, one of the hardest natural occurring fauna to recreate with its little fragile branches. This concept completely contradicts the material because rubber bands are designed to be sturdy and strong while coral, though vicious, is a delicate plant.
I especially think these creations are fun because I know as a little girl I always made paper-clip jewelry by clipping paper clips together, but the necklace was always harsh on my skin and would tug at my shirt until I finally gave in and took it off. Rubber bands a much gentler office supply, something I had never though would create such a couture looking piece.
Margarita has taken her rubber band concept to a whole new level. She has created a rubber band dress. Margarita and her dress will be at the Textile Arts Center and Ecouterre.com’s Fashion Night Out: Slow Fashion on September 10th.