ADRIFT COLLECTION by Stacey Garmshausen transforms marine plastic pollution into stunning pieces of art and jewellery.
ADRIFT COLLECTION gives meaning to the adage that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. The collection transforms marine plastic and other ocean pollution into stunning pieces of art and jewellery.
ADRIFT came to be after founder Stacey Garmshausen moved from California to Oahu, Hawaii, in 2017. “It was then that I truly saw the impact of the plastic pollution,” says Stacey. “Our beaches are covered in tiny bits of plastic”
Having been a jewellery designer for over 15 years, it seemed natural for Stacey to begin creating jewellery from the plastic pieces and marine debris she found. From there the collection expanded into larger art pieces and tapestries.
Each ADRIFT piece is incredibly unique and special, as every bit of plastic used is different. Stacey uses 14kt gold filled findings and chains to finish her jewellery pieces, making for truly stunning, high-quality accessories. ADRIFT COLLECTION’s larger tapestries, constructed from repurposed marine debris, are the most popular, and Stacey’s favourite pieces to make.
Stacey’s goal is to both honour her love of the ocean and raise awareness and about the magnitude of plastic pollution in our marine environments. “With awareness, we can change our habits to transform our environment,” she says.
And if that wasn’t enough to make you fall in love, Stacey also donates a portion of proceeds from sales of the ADRIFT COLLECTION to non-profits including the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, Oahu Chapter and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.
“Sustainability has always been important to me in my jewellery collections,” says Stacey. “I was raised in the sea, taught to respect Mother Earth by my parents own actions. My father was an epic surfer and the quintessential ocean enthusiast until the day he died. My mother was an early-days artsy hippie. We grew much of our food and spent days on the beach.”
Stacey continues to expand the ADRIFT COLLECTION and is looking to work more closely with interior designers to create custom art and jewellery for clients’ homes and lives.
“I will always be a creative,” she says simply, “and I expect to work further with marine debris and come up with fresh ways to make original art.”