When Billy Corgan sang “despite all my rage, I’m still just a rat in a cage”, no one knew that the lyric could one day make an appropriate ad for a jewelry line.
Artist and designer Cecilia Valentine has created ‘Fur Is Alive‘, a small capsule collection of accessories that incorporate living plants or animals. “Traditional materials are all lifeless; but by using living substances we harness entirely different properties and characteristics,” she says via her site. “Since we have animals as pets anyway, these designs allow us to take them with us and create truly valuable personal jewelry. In addition, living material continuously fixes and refreshes itself, so you will always have a fresh coat of fur or new feathers to wear.”
The pieces are not actually up for sale, and in the context of Valentine’s oeuvre, it’s clear that ‘Fur Is Alive’ is intended as commentary on society’s dissonant relationships with both fur and pets, and not a commercially viable venture. All for the best, as fresh fur and feathers aren’t the only material organically produced by hamsters or birds, and wearing an open-wire enclosure around one’s neck is sure to take your look from excellent to excrement in a matter of hours. Caged rodent jewelry? We won’t hold our breath for any Opening Ceremony x Petco collaborations in the near future.