Before telephones and computers, desks were the central space for correspondence and ledger-keeping. Desks were beautiful pieces of furniture and many of the keys were a piece of art. This necklace made from unwanted book covers features the silhouette of a desk key. This key covered with comic paper hangs on an 18" brass chain with a lobster claw clasp. The key is approximately 2.25" long and a little over 1" wide.
In 2008, Laura Bruland decided to launch Yes & Yes Designs by experimenting with a wide range of materials including wool felt inherited from her grandmother. In 2010, she joined Techshop and started playing playing around with laser cutting. She started laser cutting different materials, trying to repurpose anything she could find, until one day in 2012 she cut her first book. She was immediately hooked and started hunting down books. She found that thousands of them are thrown away each year in the Bay Area alone. So she started collecting unwanted, falling apart, or outdated books and started giving them new life. Today, Laura, with the help of her partner, Julien Shields, laser cut and assemble all jewelry themselves in California.