earrings made from upcycled filmA picture may be worth a thousand words but Julia Barello takes old film and makes it speak volumes. Upcycling old film into jewelry and installations, Julia’s work turns old images into vibrant, new objects.

Julia says, “It’s important to me that they are pictures of people. The film is a metaphor for human beings.” Photography and remembrance have been inextricably tied together since the earliest images were captured. Julia’s work repurposing these images ensures that even though this film does not immortalize these people forever in film, their images certainly won’t be forgotten.

See Julia’s portfolio, learn more about her teaching philosophy, or read the blog post by Christine Mauersberger, where I first discovered Julia’s art and jewelry.

By Stacie Hooder


3 Comments so far

  1. Julia Barello | Yiuco Blog on July 14, 2011 1:34 am

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  2. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor on July 14, 2011 10:35 am

    Gorgeous design! I can see that this piece would leave some interesting shadows on the wearer, if the lighting was right. What a cool use for film!

  3. Stacie on July 14, 2011 12:04 pm

    Yes! The shadows really add to the beauty of the pieces as well as their translucence. I agree! It’s a great use for film that has surpassed its medical relevance.

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