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Posted by Creative Review, 9 May 2011, 14:10    Permalink    Comments (10)

Asked to find a way to inject some interest into an everyday interaction, Bath student Sophie Kemp came up with a novel method of making the giving and receiving of money more memorable

You've probably all given and received money as a gift at some time, but just stuffing a tenner inside a card doesn't really convey much of the personal touch, more 'I couldn't be arsed to find out what you'd really like so, here, buy it yourself'. But what if that note was instead fashioned into a piece of jewellery?


Sophie Kemp, a graphic communication student at Bath School of Art and Design came up with just such an idea following a workshop on interaction design with Daljit Singh of Conran Singh. "I decided to take the interaction of the giving and receiving of money and change the cold cut nature of this process. I wanted to add some more value to this exchange so I used origami folds to create wearable rings from what initially started as dollar bills," Kemp says. "I then proceeded to make these rings from other currencies."

See more of Sophie Kemp's work here


Nice but a pretty standard school yard activity.
2011-05-09 15:47:29

I think its a fab idea very original, we all give money at various times in our lives as gifts, much more fun and thoughtful.
Wendy Freestone
2011-05-13 15:52:36

This is brilliant!
2011-05-13 17:03:45

Nice idea, worth it's weight in gold, but can the same be said about those rings??
Mark Cook
2011-05-16 20:29:21

Well that's what you get for going to Bath. Only kidding, a highly unique and innovative take on both currency and jewellery but you have to question the practicality. Having said that, design is not always about function, often to create something unique and expand the horizons of the design world so that ideas can progress and in this instance, I believe that Sophie Kemp has succeeded and well done to her!
2011-06-23 14:56:00

I think its brilliant as it looks great and the function is two fold...get it?! Its a ring and its money...short of a tenner..unfold your ring and you're sorted. Considering the time frame she had to come up with the idea and execute she nailed it.
2011-08-05 15:12:09

Pretty decent idea!!! It reminds of when the Tyvek wallet concept. A female friend from New Zealand created it from New Zealand dollar notes. Those notes are very strong, 3 years on, the wallet is still ripe.

Here's a little tutorial for any that's curious
2011-08-08 18:18:16

Cracking, great idea, can you recognise the currencies of the bottom four images, I have three, stuck on the other. No seriously, why not and jewellery itself is in need of new concepts to get peoples minds away from metals. Some really good photography as well, love the concept!
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