Clairely Upcycled Jewellery Upcycled Jewellery

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Clairely Upcycled Jewellery Upcycled Jewellery
by Claire Requa

  • Awarded April 15, 2013
  • CLIENT: CLAIRELY upcycled jewellery
  • 11.014

Beautiful, clear, upcycled jewellery, designed out of a need to use the waste material from the production of Claire de Lune Chandelier. This line has developed into a considerable number of collections - all telling stories, all representing very personal glimpses into the philosophies of the designer. Transparency is a vital part of the designers own philosopy, and this is reflected her by the choice of acrylic used. Apart from the mirror acrylic used, which itself reflects light, the material is always transparent, color or clear. CD packaging reinforces the concepts of repurposing.

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Claire Requa

Designer of Clairely Upcycled Jewellery Upcycled Jewellery


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Interview with Claire Requa on Clairely Upcycled Jewellery Upcycled Jewellery

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
Clairely upcycled jewellery was started as a way to use the wasted acrylic from the production of Claire de Lune Chandelier.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
The focus was to design a marketable product upcycled from the waste acrylic. To present a product that is comparable to other jewellery brands. To provide pieces that empower.
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
Many months of consideration over what the products could be. But it is an organic line. The collections grows all the time, and suddenly a number of pieces make up a collection.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
The inspiration to repurpose/recycle/upcycle the extra material from the production of Claire de Lune Chandelier
What made you design this particular type of work?
Jewellery, the adornment of the body is something that enriches the soul.
Who is the target customer for his design?
The target customer is a person young at heart, with a young spirit.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
The pieces in the collections tell stories. They create conversations. The wearers can be inspired and empowered.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
Clairely, obviously. (a pun on "clearly"). The material mostly used is clear, transparent acrylic, resounding my life philosophy to have clarity and transparency in my life.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
Where the designs originate. The inspiration, some of them from my own childhood, from my travels. All very personal sources of inspiration
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
The packaging was, and still is a big challenge. To satisfy the customer, the satisfy the retailer - these are difficult criteria to be able to unite. And with re-purposing the CD tray, I have solved many of the practical criteria, but also my own (hippie) conscience is clear with this choice.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
As my designs are a bi-product of my earlier submitted design - Claire de Lune Chandelier - this was the perfect next product to submit.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
I had many challenges in solving sourcing of materials, taking photos of the work, and marketing this new product.

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