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Making jewelry out of ordinary ‘trash’

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Imagine wearing safety pins as earrings.

With local artist Mar-Vic Cagurangan’s new line of stylish office supply jewelry, that’s exactly what you’re going to get.

Make no mistake; it’s not like the rebellious looking style from the 1980s when disheveled hair and funky, neon colored clothing was considered fashion, coupled with strange jewelry.

Cagurangan’s earrings are trendy and chic. You might never guess some of her pieces were made from office supplies.

“I always see things not just as they are but what they can be,” says Cagurangan. “My house is filled with clutter because I collect trash that I always intend to turn into something else.”

The “trash,” she said she stumbled upon one day was office supplies in the form of unused paper clips, old keys, safety pins, as well as bobby pins.

An avid jewelry maker for over 20 years, Cagurangan coincidentally ran out of beads and came up with the novel idea of making jewelry out of the supplies.

Making jewelry is not Cagurangan’s only talent. Cagurangan is an artist in many different aspects.

She also draws and paints and has had several art shows on island. Her latest art work was featured at the IP Coffee Shop in Mangilao.

Other extraordinary artwork Cagurangan has made include making 3D art out of an old telephone, a hanging shelf filled with aluminum cans and her latest project, which she is still working on, is making 3D art out of an old guitar.

Asked why she loves to make art from items others view as trash, “I have an eccentric taste in everything including jewelry. It’s just my own way of diversifying my career.”

Cagurangan’s jewelry can be viewed and purchased at the IP Coffee Shop in Mangilao.