Today’s Reduction Rebel in the spotlight is an upcycling artist who has cornered the market on cool. Her name is Katie McGinnis and she recycles old skateboards into jewelry. You can find her upcycled jewelry for sale on her Etsy shop Trebird Buffalo where she sells beautifully handcrafted earrings and bangles.
As soon as I heard about her work I had to find out more. Her art has mass appeal, recycles something that would otherwise go to waste and is so interesting that Katie recently was asked to be a designer at the Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo Fashion Week.
Eve’s interview with Katie McGinnis, upcycling artist and Etsy shop owner for recycled skateboard jewelry
1. What triggered your “ah-ha” moment where you first got the idea to turn old skateboards into jewelry?
I took a jewelry class back in my sophomore year of college and I absolutely loved it. A couple years passed and I didn’t really think much of it until a couple months after I graduated. I gathered up all of my supplies from my class and tried making spoon rings. Needless to say, that didn’t work out too well. I eventually started making wire-wrapped jewelry, but I was never completely pleased with the results. My boyfriend, came home from the skatepark one day and suggested I use parts of his skateboard to make some type of jewelry out of it. From there, the rest is history.
3. How many pieces of jewelry can you make from one skateboard?
Usually it depends on what type of piece I’m making. I’d say from one board, I can usually make about 10 pairs of hoops and then I’ll use the scraps to make studs and necklaces and such. (psst~she is so resourceful!)
Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for...
The upcycled skateboard jewelry eye candy
Just remember, to visit Trebird Buffalo to see all the styles available!
So, who just put Trebird on their holiday shopping list?
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