Rory Hooper's 'Chewing Gum Jewelry' collection takes beautifully sculpted gold-plated silver jewelry and squashes it completely flat, making it look like these pieces have been scraped from the bottom of a shoe or a sidewalk.
The pieces of jewelry are items that have been abandoned. Hooper uses the smashing of each piece with a hammer to represent the abstraction of each jewelry piece and by transforming it into a completely new shape, it loses any of its original sentimental value. This seems like a sad notion, but in this process, Hooper honors the jewelry pieces by giving them new life and meaning. Although the collection takes inspiration from an odd source, collectively the jewelry pieces are incredibly beautiful.
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