At Hearts we are always trying to find new ways to repurpose old and recycled materials. As we manifest this inspiration into timeless accessories, we love finding others who share this same passion to refashion.
An emerging eco-friendly artist, Jean Shin is a nationally recognized for gathering old materials, often considered junk, and transforming them into sculptural works of art that have found their way into museums across the globe. Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in the United States, Shin creates sculptural installations that deliver an expression of both identity and community.
Incorporated in each piece of art are items collected from participating communities such as prescription pill bottles, sweaters and sports trophies. These items then undergo a metamorphosis into conceptually rich sculptures. A labor-intensive process, Shin’s meticulous work transcends into a reflection of individuals’ personal lives as well as collective issues that we face as a society.
Combining our love for creating accessories out of upcycled or recycled materials with Shin’s inspirational object transformations, we found ways of incorporating such concepts into a recent Hearts photo shoot. Rather than constructing backdrops and sets of newly purchased items we found new ways of incorporating old materials and objects to create a backdrop with story and personality.
For example, as old vinyl records played inspiration to a few Hearts accessories, they likewise spun a sweet tune as a backdrop. A wall of resourced records transformed into a playful backdrop perfect for any photo op. Check out this sneak peek of our Hearts photo shoot!
We here at Hearts continue to be inspired by the world around us along with inspiring emerging artists such as Jean Shin.