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Detroit Company Repurposes Peeling Street Graffiti Into Gritty Jewelry

Rebel Nell, employs disadvantaged women from Detroit’s shelters to transform fallen pieces of graffiti into one-of-a-kind rings, earrings, and necklaces.

By Jasmin Malik Chua - Source: http://www.ecouterre.com
Photo © Rebel Nell

Photo © Rebel Nell

Once a bastion of American prosperity, Detroit has become a symbol of urban blight, homelessness, and decay. But the city, like its ubiquitous graffiti, contains multitudes, according to jewelry designers Amy Peterson and Diana Russell. The duo’s company, Rebel Nell, employs disadvantaged women from Detroit’s shelters to transform fallen pieces of graffiti into one-of-a-kind rings, earrings, and necklaces. As Peterson describes it, the street art, like many people’s first impression of the Motor City, appears “a little rough on the surface.” Once Rebel Nell gets to work on those scraps of paint, however, a different picture emerges. “We’re able to reveal all the beautiful layers that make up the graffiti, just like the intricate layers that make up our city,” she adds.

Photo © Rebel Nell

Photo © Rebel Nell

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