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Not everyone can see the beauty to be found in death, but artist Kate Gilliland does by using the remains of small animals to create beautiful pieces of jewelry. Gilliland first meticulously chooses which parts of the animal she would like to use before casting them in precious metals like gold or silver.
Completely original and a little bit strange, Gilliland’s work is truly exceptional not only because of her use of animal remains to create it, but also because of her explanation behind it. R&A Collaborations caught up with Gilliland and filmed her during the artistic process where she explained how transforming the tiny pieces into jewelry makes them last forever; they can be passed down from generation to generation to help keep a memory or feeling alive. Truly a moving notion to consider in the grand scheme.
Check out Gilliland’s website for more information behind her work and to purchase a piece of your very own.