Precious Waste is exactly what it sounds like. Questioning what exactly “preciousness” means and what makes something precious, artist Mariana Acosta spearheaded an academic project that aims to transform waste material. She leads a class at the Universidad Gestalt de Diseño in México, and along with her industrial and graphic designer students, examine the art of waste material transformation.
Part of the reason why Mariana began to work with waste materials is also because after graduating from a pricey school, that’s all she was able to work with. It is through her study of discarded material that she began studying how an object goes from ordinary to extraordinary.
For the students and her working on creating this line of jewelry, the process begins with two main stages— motivation and experimentation. Motivation revolves around surveying and collecting waste from everyone and everywhere, and seeing why some materials may be more commonly wasted or rare. Secondly, experimentation involves putting together the waste material, where a metamorphosis can occur. Through metamorphosis, waste material becomes valued and gives it more worth.