Trashion team spotlight - Interview: ezee's emporium of urban treasures

Shop name: ezee's emporium of urban treasures
Shop address:
In a nutshell: the jewelry i make is hip, modern, and eclectic—its trashion!

Tell us a bit about yourself : I'm a student living and studying in DC—I started out making this kind of jewelry for myself, but friends and strangers kept telling me I should try to sell it, so I've decided to give it a go.

Trashion materials: bottle caps—from parties, the street, my friends, my recycling bin….

I transform them into: earrings, necklaces, and key chains so far

How do you do it? I start out by flattening the bottlecaps so they become a smooth disk, then incorporate them with vintage and new charms, beads, bits of chain and glass, and whatever else I think goes well

What inspired you to do this and why are you involved in trashion? I had seen people using bottle caps before and so I made myself a very simple pair of earrings. I love to choose beers based on their caps now! My favorites are the more graphic designs with bold or interesting colors that make a statement

Do you remember the first thing you made using the trashion concept? Gosh that's really hard, because I think I was always making things out of found or thrown out objects when I was a kid—dioramas from shoeboxes, puppets from old socks, you name it. I'm constantly holding onto things I'd otherwise throw out in case I think of some use for them down the road... it's not necessarily the best habit to have :>

What are your current projects and what is on the horizon? I'm still working to build up my shop, since I'm going to be really busy once fall classes start. But my main goals are to keep creating new things and hopefully add some other kinds of trashion pieces to my shop. So far my friends have been excited about my work, but I'm also working to find new buyers for my pieces.

Why should people buy handmade, and buy from trashion? Buying handmade means you know where your purchase is coming from. You can be more certain of its quality, the origins of the materials in it, and it cuts out the huge profit margins of retail stores. It's a great way to support artists. More particularly, buying trashion means you're putting objects that would have been thrown away to use. I love it!

1 comment:

ezee said...

woohoo! thanks for the feature! :>:>:>