Recycled Plastic Statement Jewelry

March 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

Bold, architectural accessories handcrafted from recycled plastic – a material that has been reclaimed from unwanted plastic foot ware.

Show off your personality with a Recycled Plastic Statement Necklace - by Jenne Rayburn

For Spring 2012 we are excited to introduce this unique line of jewelry featuring colorful necklaces, bracelets and earrings constructed from recycled plastic components reclaimed from plastic shoes. Pressed and twisted, then cut and woven, I construct the plastic bits into multi-dimensional shapes, strung together using patina brass wire to create dynamic jewelry accessories. My son Max says he is glad to see us keeping plastic out of the North Pacific Gyre!

Contemporary Necklaces Crafted From Recycled Plastic Footwear - by Jenne Rayburn

Contemporary jewelry designs, individually created using recycled plastics and other found elements. Recycling can be stylish! The reclaimed materials and components for this contemporary jewelry line come from women in Djenné, Mali, West Africa, using techniques that make use of natural resources and waste materials to create engaging and desirable end-products. Money earned is used to supplement the family income, in some cases it is the only income.

Recycled Plastic Loop Necklace by Jenne Rayburn

You might be wondering, what is the North Pacific Gyre {sometimes called the Western Pacific garbage patch} and what does it have to do with plastic? The North Pacific Gyre is an area of marine debris concentration in the North Pacific Ocean, and much of the debris found there is small bits of floating plastic. The “patches” are not the only open ocean areas where marine debris is concentrated. According to Greenpeace, around 100 million tons of plastic are produced each year of which about 10 percent ends up in the oceans. About 20 percent of this is from ships and platforms, the rest from land. For a startling look at the issue of plastic in the ocean, check out this article called Plastic Ocean originally published in Best Life Magazine, by Susan Casey


Tips For Building Mentoring Relationships

March 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mentoring relationships have been on my mind, in preparation for a key note address to students at the International Interior Design Association’s Student Portfolio Day.

Another Heart to Heart, by Cori Dantini

I have looked through a few great titles such as Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. And I have surfed my favorite blogs like the Accidental Creative. I love to hear the stories of involved parents, inspiring teachers or a mentor, and how these relationships were essential to future accomplishments.

My dad has always been an inspiration and a guide. A while back I asked him if a particular person played a role in his career, and the discussion lead to the topic of mentoring. As usual, Dad added new insights to my views on both mentoring and being mentored. As a professional, I have had many mentors, but I wish that I had been more thoughtful about those relationships. From talking with friends and colleagues, I found many people have similar feelings. They also have questions like, “What is a mentor and how do I get one? The following are some thoughts on mentoring, inspired by a discussion with Dad.

A mentor plays a critical role in your success as a professional, facilitating your professional growth and your access to future opportunities. For many, the choice of a mentor will naturally follow your professional interests and aspirations. You will want a mentor who has expertise in areas you wish to develop in-depth knowledge and skill. She or he will be a primary source of information, provide constructive comments, and evaluate your plans and decisions. A mentor will provide encouragement and support. But what does a mentor do, exactly?

The origin of the word is telling. Mentor was the name Homer gave to the trusted
counselor that Odysseus left in charge of his household during his journeys. Mentoring is a process in which an experienced person offers advice, support and encouragement to a less experienced person. Mentoring is a one-to-one relationship between mentor and protégé, in which the mentor shares her or his professional and personal knowledge, skills and experiences with the protégé, and importantly, both the mentor and the protégé grow and develop in the process.

The one-to-one relationship is critical to the mentoring process. The best relationships are built on mutual trust, respect, encouragement, and constructive guidance. Personal chemistry between the mentor and the protégé is key to success. It is the mentor’s job to provide the kind of help that best suits the needs of the protégé. The mentor must exercise good judgement in helping the protégé determine goals and objectives, before jointly identifying future aspirations. More than anything else, the mentor must be a good listener. The protégé has important responsibilities, too. The protégé is the driving force in building and insuring a productive relationship with the mentor. Establishing expectations at the start of the process is fundamental to the relationship’s success. The protégé needs to manage the process, and that includes measuring progress. To accomplish this, the protégé must know what she or he wants to get from the relationship. You may be asking yourself, what attributes should I look for in a mentor?

Here are a few ideas.

• An effective mentor is accomplished and competent in their areas of interest and responsibility. She or he demonstrates genuine interest and expertise in the subject and is someone you can learn from.

• An effective mentor shows enthusiasm for teaching, makes time for regular contact and helps people negotiate the system. She or he provides wise counsel, clear expectations and appropriate feedback.

• An effective mentor creates an atmosphere conducive to learning, sets high standards, challenges people to think for themselves and engages their ideas. She or he displays integrity, and is forthright when dealing with conflict.

• An effective mentor is respectful of the protégé’s needs, believes in the protege’s abilities, and above all has an abiding interest in seeing the protégé succeed.

• An effective mentor has good work habits, is well organized, and efficient. She or he gets things done and attends to deadlines.

In your search for a mentor, keep in mind that not all mentors are alike. Some are just beginning their careers and some are well established. Some are heavily committed either inside or outside of the office or studio, while others are less so. Some expect to collaborate and some take a hands-off approach. Remember that no one is perfect. As I mentioned at the beginning, mentoring is a process: a process that by no means requires a single person to fill the job of mentor. If you are willing to listen, converse and debate, you will find that by sharing and testing ideas with others, the opportunities to learn and grow are limitless.

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