This is a great recycling story. Pyper Hugos (photo below) makes jewelry from old cars and signs she finds in the local junk yard! I recently had the pleasure of trading notes with her.
Pyper makes each piece of jewelry by hand in her Bozeman, Montana studio, down to the hand cutting and formation of the metal. She even gives female names to each of her pieces.
One thing that’s especially cool about her work is that she keeps the historical markings on the metal, intentionally leaving the original paint intact and unaltered. That makes for some suprising effects.
As you can see from these pieces, she loves bright, lively colors.
Pyper explained that a big part of her enjoyment comes from scouring the junk yard and getting lost in the possibilities: “I truly enjoy getting down and dirty as I salvage and rummage through piles in the scrap yard, seeking out that perfect piece.”
Pyper has been working with salvaged metal and found objects as her medium for over 11 years and began by making large abstract wall hangings from old rusty metal.
This statment sums up what her jewelry creations mean to her: “I believe that taking an object from our everyday lives, transforming its original form and function, can make a statement of great significance.”
Pyper lives the life of a seemingly carefree artist. She says, “Right now, my husband (who is also an artist) and I are on the road for 2 months traveling, doing shows. When I get a chance between shows, I am able to make a bit of jewelry on the road. We have a lot of fun in between shows while on the road hiking and biking with our 2 dogs that travel with us…”
Do you know the old saying that there’s someone for everyone? Well, maybe there’s an old car part for everyone, too! This is a great example of how each person’s creative spirit expresses itself. What’s yours?
You can see more of Pyper Hugos’ work at joyridejewelry.com.