wiredresistance

WiredResistance || (wired) jewelry

Chicago, Illinois · 34 Sales

Shop owner

Melissa

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Announcement   NEWS: Shop in person at: The Henry Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Krasl Art Center, Mint Museum, Charlotte. Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City and Columbia Museum of Art. See full list at wiredresistance.com
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ABOUT THE SHOP:
Here you will find some of my regular collections, as well as one of a kind and limited edition items that never make it into the shops. If you prefer to shop in person, visit www.wiredresistance.com to see if there is a boutique that carries my work near you or check my events page to see where I will be. If you know of a shop that you think should carry [wired], word of mouth is the best advertising...

A little about the collection:
Established in 1999, [wired] is a collection of jewelry, accessories and couture made entirely from reclaimed and surplus industrial materials. These materials—such as alternator wire, rubber, tubing and transistors—are salvaged from recycling centers, donations and the discard piles of local industries. Each piece is individually handmade, and is one of a kind or produced in limited quantities. The color, texture, and malleability of the found materials guide the design of each piece and foster different design challenges than traditional materials.

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 5, 2017

NEWS: Shop in person at: The Henry Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Krasl Art Center, Mint Museum, Charlotte. Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City and Columbia Museum of Art. See full list at wiredresistance.com
___________________________________________________________________________________________

ABOUT THE SHOP:
Here you will find some of my regular collections, as well as one of a kind and limited edition items that never make it into the shops. If you prefer to shop in person, visit www.wiredresistance.com to see if there is a boutique that carries my work near you or check my events page to see where I will be. If you know of a shop that you think should carry [wired], word of mouth is the best advertising...

A little about the collection:
Established in 1999, [wired] is a collection of jewelry, accessories and couture made entirely from reclaimed and surplus industrial materials. These materials—such as alternator wire, rubber, tubing and transistors—are salvaged from recycling centers, donations and the discard piles of local industries. Each piece is individually handmade, and is one of a kind or produced in limited quantities. The color, texture, and malleability of the found materials guide the design of each piece and foster different design challenges than traditional materials.

Melissa

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In the beginning...

also check out my website at wiredresistance.com

In 1999, artist/designer Melissa Kolbusz launched (wired). At the time she was living in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood and found inspiration in its recycling centers, factory warehouses and junkyards. Salvaging, repurposing and reinventing the materials she discovered in the industrial wasteland, she began to handcraft works of wearable art. At the forefront of sustainability, (wired) married aesthetics and environment before it was in fashion. Since then, her work has showcased, sold and been worn around the world.

In 2010, she was invited to Ecochic Geneva at the United Nations in Switzerland where her work was worn on the runway, and shortly after was presented at EcoChic Singapore. She was also commissioned to create distinct jewelry and accessories for the EFFEN By Design series, where she fashioned the vodka’s rubber labels into works of art. She has participated in the New York International Gift Fair, Hong Kong’s Fashion Access, Chicago is Red Hot and The-One-Of-A-Kind shows. A bold proponent of sustainability and solution through design, she held a two-week entrepreneurship seminar at The Belvedere Community Center in St. Maarten in 2009. The seminar introduced teenagers learning product design to sustainability, and how to incorporate it into product designs and business plans.

Kolbusz holds a BFA in Industrial Design from University of Illinois at Chicago, and has worked in the fields of furniture design, engineering and architecture. The press has taken notice as well: CNN highlighted her jewelry for a stories on sustainability, and NPR affiliate WBEZ has featured Kolbusz on-air. (wired) has also graced the covers of Caviar Magazine, Time Out Chicago and has been featured in the books Green Design, Recycle: The Essential Guide, and Style, Naturally.




Some press quotes:

“Ten years ago, hemp and hippies dominated the common perception of products made from recycled materials. Today, nothing is further from the truth. Just look at the ultra-industrial creations from Chicago designer Melissa Kolbusz. Using her hometown as a salvage yard rife with things most people would consider waste, Kolbusz uses recycled and surplus materials like metal and rubber washers and cords, alternator wire and stainless steel springs to create bracelets, necklaces, belly chains and hair accessories. This jewelry appeals to the punk in everyone.”
-excerpt from the book, Green Design

“Chicago designer Melissa Kolbusz gets our Sexiest (Re)use of Industrial Materials Award. (Re)using metal and rubber washers and cords, alternator wire, and steel cable to make bracelets, necklaces, belly chains, and hair accessories, like the bracelet seen here ($28), she’s created a collection of accessories that will please TreeHuggers, ravers, motorcycle mamas, and goth chicks alike. We dig her right-on aesthetic and her clever techniques. $25-100”
-Treehugger.com

“Designer Melissa Kolbusz's line of jewelry, [wired], is made entirely from reclaimed and surplus industrial materials. Though old alternator wires and used transistors might sound like the antithesis of fashion, Kolbusz's pieces have a distinctiveness that comes from mixing shape, texture and material, like dangling earrings made of rubber washers linked with stainless steel. Each handcrafted piece ($20 to $400) is dictated by the found material, so you won't have to worry about your gift being anything less than one of a kind.”
-emagazine.com

Shop members

  • Melissa

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

Shop policies

Last updated on March 31, 2015
Welcome to [wired]'s etsy shop!

All [wired] products are handmade by me from recycled, repurposed and surplus materials and are limited edition or one of a kind pieces. I salvage these materials from a variety of sources including recycling centers, surplus shops, donations and very often directly from the manufacturers who discard them. Below you will find my Etsy policies, which are always in development so let me know if you have suggestions.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
It's very important to me that you are happy with your [wired] purchase. If you receive your purchase and it is just not for you, I will happily make a size adjustment, exchange it for another item, or issue a store credit/gift certificate within 2 weeks.

I stand by my work, so if there is some problem with its construction, please let me know within 7 days. Please do not ship anything back without specific shipping instructions first, as I travel often I want to be sure that nothing ends up lost in the mail.
Payment
+ M/C, Visa, Discover, Amex
+ Paypal
+ Credit card by phone if you are uncomfortable paying online

Payments must post before shipping.
Shipping
RECEIVING YOUR ORDER:

US ORDERS :
FEDEX Ground or Home Delivery with tracking information sent to your email address. I am diligent about tracking packages and communicating with you about any delays to make sure you get your item as soon as possible. Fedex Ground/Home Delivery takes 1-4 days depending on distance.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS - Shipping time varies by distance and destination. On average, international shipments arrive 5-14 days from ship time.

PRIORITY SHIPPING:
If you have a preference for shipping or need priority shipping, please let me know via Etsy conversations or as a buyers comment. I will let you know the options and costs. Please note: I try to only use USPS for international packages.

HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO RECEIVE YOUR ORDER:
Most items are made to order and will SHIP 1-7 days from time of purchase. I will email you an estimated ship date within 24 hours and a tracking number when the item is shipped to follow its progress. Once your package is shipped. It will take 1-4 for US packages and 5-14 days for international packages.
Additional policies and FAQs
Wholesale Inquiries Welcome.

Custom orders - If there is something you have in mind we can certainly talk about it!