Cecilia Valentine Creates Live Animal Accessories
Hamster cage necklace from Fur Is Alive by Cecilia Valentine
If diamonds are forever, then caged-rodent jewelry surely is on the other end of the spectrum. In the crosshairs of going green and getting a rise out of people, conceptual artist and jewelry designer Cecilia Valentine has created a line of statement pieces that don't so much sparkle as they do squeak.
In a special segment of her portfolio titledFur is Alive, Valentine brings discussion to the décolleté area with open air-cage accessories containing live mice, chicks, and other fauna. The conceptual jewelry pieces are intended to raise awareness of animals rights and their disregard in the fashion industry -- specifically when it comes to fur.
Birdcage necklace from Fur Is Alive by Cecilia Valentine
Covering her own animal-activist ass, Valentine assures viewers of her portfolio that animals in the 3D printed accessories are either Photoshopped or were given plenty of treats for their assistance. She also notes that these critter-filled creations are not actually intended to be worn in reality and thus are not for sale. Well, rats.
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