Upcycling, Tina like Judy

Last week I visited Tina Au's workshop, just off Bricklane. Tina upcycles discarded sunglasses and turns them into beautiful jewellery under the Tunalien brand she set up a three years ago.

Some pieces remind me of the rich jewellery worn by Bengali dancers (maybe inspired by Brick Lane's local culture?) and some of Pierrot's iconic teardrop (see the last picture below, Tina smiled when I made this reference). 

I wish there was a way to get some lens in them so my bespectacled self could wear them too....

Tina's spirit of experimentation reminds me of stylist Judy Blame's approach. Though very different in background and style (Tina's work is a lot more delicate and feminine, Judy's undoubtedly punk), they are both driven by that "going with the flow" spirit to create beautifully customised pieces from found objects. I think the pictures above speak for the beauty of Tina's work.

On the off chance that you are not familiar with Judy's punk aesthetic, he is an art director and stylist who helped define magazines such as The Face and i-D throughout the 80s and 90s. In this video by Showstudio he talks about the highs and lows of his career.


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