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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Katy Hackney

There's a slogan associated with these cute rings: "Covering the World with Style." A nice catchphrase, but it doesn't belong to any fashion or jewellery designer. Those words belong instead to to a global manufacturer of heat resistant, wipe-clean, plastic laminate surfacing material: Formica! London's Katy Hackney combines plywood and colourful vintage formica to create cute brooches, necklaces and rings, like the stacked bands at left. After its early years as an electrical insulator and many decades covering the kitchens of America, it looks like formica may have finally found its true calling. Once again, all paths lead to jewellery. It's always about the jewellery. Remember that.