On Our Minds: Plant Based Accessories from Keef Palas
An ephemeral jewellery project stemming from Barcelona using Mediterranean flora, created by Eugenia Oliva, a wordsmith, and Claire O’Keefe, an artist. Keef Palas appropriate nature to question our relationship with it.
Dangling a garlic clove from your earlobe will certainly raise eyebrows, smiles, maybe a conversation. That’s exactly the point. Crafting jewellery from olive branches, chilies, pussy willow, Keef Palas handpick whatever’s in season and back onto silver or brass fittings to decay naturally. These are impermanent, delicate wearables to be enjoyed in the here and now.
Keef Palas has sprouted rapidly since its lemonade stand-style beginning in 2016, landing a finalist place in the accessories category at the 33rd Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography. But don’t be mistaken, they are more than happy to ‘spread the keef’ everywhere and anywhere, from the most fashionable of publications to your Grandma’s Sunday paper.
‘We want to bring back Nature to people. We want them to feel the tension in between the industrial and the organic. It is a statement: we try to expire the ethos of possession to bloom in the philosophy of joy’ Eugenia tells me, signing off emails with ‘KEEF in touch!’ Humour is as natural a part of the project as its materials.
‘Our jewels are ephemeral, or in other words: they last a specific period of time and that is our leitmotiv. We don’t change it, it’s our objection. In contraposition to the short life of fast fashion, ruled by the restrictions of economic neoliberalism, Keef Palas ascribes her ephemeral aim to the laws of Nature.’
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