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vegetable cuffs

by Margaret Dorfman $40.00
Handmade

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On The Cuff

Maggy Ames captures natural beauty in these gorgeous, shimmering cuffs. Inspired by blossoms and fruit slices floating in a pond, Dorfman creates these vibrant pieces using fresh fruits like papaya, starfruit, and more that are then 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. An included card details each variety seen on your unique cuff. Handmade in California.

See how Margaret is striving to be sustainable in the face of drought in California on the blog.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
24582
Made from
copper, fruit, adhesive, polymer glaze
Measurements
6.5" L x 1.5" W
Notes
Water resistant. If necessary, clean with damp cloth.
To wear slip on wrist and adjust to fit with gentle bouncing motions. Do not twist or overextend the cuff.
  • 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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VEGETABLE CUFFS
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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86%

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (12)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (3), Christmas or hanukkah (3)

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4.0

Cute, unique gift

By 

from Reston, VA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Colorful
  • Different

Cons

  • Cannot Comment
  • Have Not Worn

Best Uses

    Comments about VEGETABLE CUFFS:

    Looking for a unique gift for girlfriends. These totally fit the bill.

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

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    4.0

    Beautiful with slightly odd fit

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    from NC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • nice quality
    • Saturated Colors
    • Unique

    Cons

    • Bent Flatter Than Prefer

    Best Uses

      Comments about VEGETABLE CUFFS:

      Overall, I would still recommend this as a gift. The bends that create the cuff shape are sharp angles that require I bend it more in the middle to give it a more rounded shape that looks better on the wrist. I worry that bending it myself will damage the applique of the fruit. Still, overall, I will give it as a gift and think the recipient will wear it and think it's beautiful.

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

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      1.0

      star fruit cuff

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      from Beavercreek, OH

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • very attractive

      Cons

      • Very Uncomfortable

      Best Uses

      • Any occassion

      Comments about VEGETABLE CUFFS:

      I love how different this cuff is. Able to wear with just about anything.
      However, because it is very rough, it is VERY uncomfortable when it slides, it rubs on the skin so I need to wear a tighter long sleeve and wear the cuff over it.
      p.s. i have tiny wrists

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No, No
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self

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      5.0

      Awesome! Simply Incredible.

      By 

      from Pensacola, FL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Unique one of a kind

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about VEGETABLE CUFFS:

          Arrived faster than expected. Packaging and product undamaged.

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

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          5.0

          Unique and Beautiful!

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          from Marquette, MI

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Original design
          • Stunning Colors
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about VEGETABLE CUFFS:

              This cuff is absolutely beautiful! I really enjoy the natural beauty of the products used to make it.

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

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              5.0

              Absolutely gorgeous

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              from Beaumont, TX

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              Pros

              • Delicate but sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday or dress

                Comments about VEGETABLE CUFFS:

                I think it makes a perfect gift - fun and unusual!

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

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great gift!

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                from Ocala, FL

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Beautiful Color
                • Great Gift

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Bracelet

                Comments about VEGETABLE CUFFS:

                We mailed this directly to our mother; she returned it before her birthday. She was elated and sent us a picture and expressed how much she loved it!

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                • Yes, Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Mother
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Birthday

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