Low Impact Jewelry by McKenna Hallett
"I want to create objects of art with a minimum of impact on Our Planet and to this end I will never use electricity or heat or corrosive chemicals to construct my jewelry and I will use as few items as possible from newly manufactured sources."
I live in a nearly 70 year old plantation house in one of the oldest towns in the Islands. It is a slow paced life compared to the mainland and after 17 years I cannot imagine calling anyplace else home. There is a natural calming, a relaxation reflex that oversees life here on Maui and especially in my Old Wailuku Town, tucked away at the base of an ancient volcano. Walking the beaches to find my 'supplies' just adds to my serenity and that serenity cascades into my designs which have often been called meditative or Zen-like. Finding art in nearly everything is easy when you can relax and refocus. All my jewelry is very light! This is a big surprise to most everyone who picks up a piece for the first time. Almost every pair of earrings weigh in at less than a dime. Few if any ever weigh more than a nickel - for the pair! None of the pendants weigh more than a strand of pearls and they are completely and very quickly adjusted to wear at any length you desire." - McKenna Hallett