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carrot parchment collage cuff

by Margaret Dorfman
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Margaret Dorfman captures a bold, sunlit energy in this vibrant, shimmering cuff. The brilliant circles of color are not merely polka dots, but are actually slices of fresh Carrot, Zucchini and Gold Beet. Those unusual materials are cured, pressed, aged and dried into a thin sheet. The sheet is then fused to a copper cuff that shines through the parchment, producing a lovely glow. Handmade in California. Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary.

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Handmade
Exclusive
Item ID
21264
Made from
copper, parchment, dried vegetables
Measurements
6.25" L x 1.5" W
Notes
Handmade in California.
Water-resistant. Store out of direct sunlight.
  • the maker
Margaret Dorfman

Margaret Dorfman

Margaret's work is made by hand from over 40 different varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables that are cured, dried, pressed and aged in a 10-14 day process. The translucent parchments that result capture and preserve the jewel-like colors and intricate structures that are characteristic of each fruit or vegetable. She calls this Vegetable Parchment, because the texture and translucency calls to mind the vellum parchments of medieval Europe.

Margaret realized at an early age that the best materials like acorns, bark, moss and feathers weren't found in stores. She still believes that the best materials are found in unexpected places, such as Chinatown for lotus root and bok choy, small Mexican mercados for chili peppers and papaya, Japanese markets and Korean groceries for green necked daikon. Though she now uses a produce supplier, she still visits these places with an eye out for the novel.

Everything is cut by hand with an old-fashioned mandolin slicer and a wickedly sharp assortment of knives. Her studio follows sustainable practices, using reclaimed water and recyclable packaging, and no toxic products are used. Leftovers are composted, recycled or donated to the local zoo.

Margaret earned degrees in Linguistics and Anthropology from U.C. Davis. She then went on to gain fluency in American Sign Language, and worked for many years as a sign language interpreter. For the last 13 years she has done this work full-time at her studio in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and son.

"It is deeply satisfying to work with these fruit and vegetables," says Margaret. "There seems to be alchemy involved as they transform from the familiar and commonplace and become objects of unexpected beauty. But I know it is not magic--and I am not really creating something new. I am only uncovering what was always there to see."

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CARROT PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF
 
3.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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    (1)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to put on (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
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5.0

It was a hit!

By 

from Santa Clarita CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Put On
  • Stylish
  • Unique
  • Very Colorful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about CARROT PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

      It was my sister gift this year and it was a hit with everyone. Very unique and very colorful. The shape was not quite wrist shape so it kept turning sideways. Don't know if it can be molded slightly different to make it more comfortable to wear.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Beautiful Craftmanship

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      from Fort Worth, TX

      About Me Comfort-Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy To Put On
      • High Quality
      • Holds Shape
      • Lustrous
      • Stunning
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday

        Comments about CARROT PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

        Love all of these bracelets. Love the use of fruits and vegetables and how the pigments show!!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Self
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not at all as pictured!

        By 

        from new york, ny

        About Me Classic, Stylish

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easy To Put On

        Cons

        • Poor Workmanship

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Everyday
        • Night Out

        Comments about CARROT PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

        I purchased this cuff with the hopes of giving it as a Christmas gift. Unfortunately it arrived not at all like it appeared in the photo. The cuff is very shiny and gold and barely has and carrots on it. mostly it looks like a gold cuff with a few marks on it. There was also a crack in the parchment at the top of the cuff.
        I would recommend getting any of the other versions!

        Service and delivery comments:

        This arrived only a few days after I ordered it. I was incredibly surprised by the speed of the delivery!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No, No
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Self
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Lovely and a compliment catcher

        By 

        from Silicon Valley

        About Me Modern, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Put On
        • Fun
        • High Quality
        • Holds Shape
        • Lustrous

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Everyday
          • Night Out

          Comments about CARROT PARCHMENT COLLAGE CUFF:

          This is so fun to wear: people are surprised to hear those are veggies. I love the mix of colors, the luster and the way it sits on my wrist. I treat it with great care but it sure seems sturdy enough that I don't need to.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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