Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
Bracelet is part of Bermaid, the California Collection. This is the back of the Dilbert Bracelet...look at the previous photo to see the front view.
This bracelet will go with the Silicon Valley Fruit Crate.
Currently, I am in the middle of a series of work called, Bermaid, the California Collection. These three-dimensional fruit crate labels and bracelets are constructed from recycled tin cans providing layers of images and symbolism. The images and repurposing of post consumer material to construct the fruit crate labels and bracelets reflect upon California as both the archetypal consumer culture and a leader in the recycling movement and green design.
Fruit crate labels were actually invented by California growers as an early 20th century promotional image for California produce. The fruit crate labels symbolically convey the fertility of California’s bountiful agricultural industry of fruits and vegetables. Orchards once covered Silicon Valley, but it now blooms with inventions and technology ventures. The bracelets symbolize the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of California exporting ideas and products from its fertile valleys.
Bermaid is a play on words. First, my name – Berman – is not a very good name for an avowed feminist. Using “maid” instead of “man” indicates the artist is a woman and suggests a pun on “made”, as in made by hand.