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Body Parts as Jewelry

'Hello Puppet' by Niza Huang

— November 24, 2008 — Fashion
Niza Huang's designs are a combination of jewelry, animation and illustration. This collection called 'Hello Puppet' is a project Huang did for her graduation from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.

The artist uses metal, acrylic, bone, leather, and wood to create the fun pieces which include tiny arms and legs complete with toes. Huang makes statement necklaces in bold black, white and silver. Some look like puppets and have movable joints creating a kinetic effect; others are a collection of charms that hang from an oversized chain.
Trend Themes
1. Body Parts Jewelry - The trend of using body parts as jewelry continues to grow, with innovative designers finding unique ways to incorporate bones, teeth, and other parts into their designs.
2. Kinetic Jewelry - Incorporating movable joints and kinetic elements into jewelry designs creates an interactive experience for wearers and opens up new opportunities for innovative jewelry.
3. Mixed Media Jewelry - Combining different materials such as metal, acrylic, bone, leather, and wood in jewelry pieces allows for unique and versatile designs.
Industry Implications
1. Jewelry Design - Innovative jewelry designers can capitalize on the trend of using body parts and mixed media to create unique and avant-garde designs.
2. Fashion Accessories - The use of body parts and kinetic elements in jewelry designs creates new opportunities for fashionable accessories and opens doors to other fashion industries.
3. Art and Design Education - Educational institutions with art and design programs can inspire students to think outside the box, by encouraging the exploration of unconventional materials and mixed media, in jewelry design.
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