©Shelita Birchett Benash

©Shelita Birchett Benash

I'm making recycled art necklaces for the first time. This series centers on vintage 45s.

Records are imbued with emotional context. They are tactile memories. Records were once prized possessions; and the records we bought bared Wittness to our souls. Our record collection told our friends and neighbors who we were and what was important to us. The records we owned screamed our defiance and our core nature. 

In this series of mixed media art necklaces, I've combined vintage 45s with old accounting ledger board. The resulting bib necklaces are surprising to me. Suddenly, I see math. Math is beautiful! Numbers are ancient and creative. Putting it all on the record is a bold statement, too. (Pun intended.)

Pencils, also have their unique place within our sense memories...Do you remember the first time you held a pencil? for the human species, the pencil is the undisputed tool that carries us into literacy. To command a pencil, is to think, exist and be counted on this earth. Pencils are powerful.