Harvesting electronic waste for the African Bead Museum

Source: Stamps School of Art & Design

Electronic waste exists in almost every household.

As a result of living in the digital age, technology can quickly become obsolete. Old appliances and devices easily accumulate over time. One alternative is to harvest the waste from these items, such as copper, and upcycle them.

Recently, a group of Stamps students led by Professor Ron Eglash harvested electronic waste from household appliances to create jewelry for the African Bead Museum. Throughout the Winter 2023 semester, the students worked in the studio to recover copper from fans and other small appliances. They took the wire, formed jewelry based on African symbols (adinkra), and then gifted the pieces to the Dabls Mbad African Bead Museum in Detroit.

Read more about the project at the Stamps School of Art & Design.

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