“Local + Lejos is a home decor company bridging communities near and far. We create modern pieces traditional retail stores cannot offer at attainable prices. By delivering unique, handmade goods, we empower artisans to grow a business, preserve cultural traditions, and create sustainable futures for their families.”
Jeremy May designs wearable pieces from the layered pages of vintage books.
“Paper is many things: a carrier of text, illustration, history and emotion.
Jeremy May has captured the beauty of paper via a unique laminating process. Littlefly paper jewellery is made by laminating hundreds sheets of paper together, then carefully finishing to a high gloss. The paper is selected and carefully removed from a book, and the jewellery re-inserted in the excavated space.
Each piece is impossible to replicate, and is unique to the wearer. The beauty of the jewels extends within the piece: text and images pass all the way though the object, only exposed at the surfaces – giving a tantalising glimpse of the book within.”
The sculpture was first shown at an art gallery in Copenhagen in the spring of 2014 and then a couple of months later at an art’s festival. When that event came to an end, the sculpture was nowhere to be found. It is still unclear what actually happened; if it was stolen or simply thrown away. At that point Floating City was chosen by a jury to be exhibited at Liljevalchs Vårsalong in Stockholm and was therefore built once more. They are not visually identical in detail but it’s nevertheless piece of art – it was just recycled and reborn.
” I use almost exclusively used cardboard. I collect it from the recycling center in my apartment building, from stores and sometimes I find it on the street. I really appreciate the sustainable, earth friendly aspect of reusing a recyclable material. Cardboard also has a lot of expressions. It varies in thickness, hue, color, texture. A bunch of cardboard means so many possibilities to me, when it to others may just be rubbish.” Interview by The Raw Book