Revealed beauty

Michelle Genders

Revealed beauty


Upcycled pen insides

Sculpture – 30 x 15 x 15 centimetres approximately


Exhibited in:

Waste to Art


Artist statement:

I use a particular type of pen – Faber-Castell Brush Pitt – to make my drawings. These pigment based pens have many good qualities, but being an eco-conscious person, one thing that bothers me is their plastic casings. Unfortunately, they’re not refillable.

I can’t bring myself to throw away the used pens and have gathered a collection. I’ve had a vague plan to make jewellery out of their pretty plastics and the local ‘Waste To Art’ exhibition motivated me to give it a try. As the name indicates, all of the pieces of art included in the exhibition are made out of recycled materials.

When I sawed into the pen’s plastic cases, the vessels that hold the ink were revealed to me for the first time. These hidden jewels, infused with the bright and beautiful pigments of the inks, were much more attractive than the comparatively dull plastic cases.

Their intrinsic forms asked to be made into this dynamic and curious miniature sculpture, and the packaging that the pens arrive in became the base for it.