Marla Kunselman has been creating one-of-a-kind jewelry out of someone else’s trash for over 10 years. She scours the beaches - picking up baubles and treasures that have washed ashore… and kayaks to spots others can’t get to around the New England coast for her bounty. Marla "cleans" beaches as she beach combs - picking up debris that has polluted water ways and shorelines - trash man has left behind. She is the "trash remover" of the shore and it's her way of giving back to the earth.
Recycling or “up-cycling” fragments of glass and pottery, that has been drifting along the oceans floor for many years, into eclectic adornments for the body is her passion. She also uses recycled sterling silver when possible and incorporates many natural elements into her pieces
"There is so much beauty that can come out of things we discard on a daily basis... all it takes is a bit of imagination. I have always loved creating a new purpose for items that others may consider trash. About 15 years ago I started collecting tiny polished gems, "sea glass", while walking the beach. My love for the ocean combined with the environmentalist in me turned these gems into heirloom quality jewelry - or as I like to say "trash into treasures". These objects... once beautiful and useful... were forgotten or discarded... only to travel a lifetime to find beauty and purpose once again. When I am out collecting I also comb the beach of trash and debris that has been washed ashore or left behind in an effort to keep our coastline "litter free"... it is the least I can do for our earth."