365 New Orleans: Dollz Haus

New Orleans upcycling

 

365 New Orleans is focused on local artists and businesses. Every single day, for one year, a new person or place will be highlighted. Follow along on Instagram: @365NewOrleans 

 

New Orleans native Elli Jackson not only has a passion for creating jewelry and art but is tired of people wasting things. Her jewelry, Dollz Haus, is upcycled from a toy that many don’t give another thought about – Legos. Taking a commonly tossed toy and creating repurposed fashion jewelry is Elli’s part is leaving the Earth a better place.

Elli’s website touts: Are you tired of stunning, but flimsy pieces? Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but quality should never be a compromise. No matter what type of jewelry you’re looking for, we guarantee durability. We design well-built jewelry so you can focus on looking good!

Eco-Conscious, local, and awesome – sign me up! 

 

 

 

1. Tell me what you make! 

It’s recycled wearables that are sensory inviting and enticing. Most of my work is done with Legos and some other plastic toys. Everyone likes using reclaimed wood, but I wanted to use something that isn’t biodegradable. plastic never goes away. There are 85 pieces of Legos per person on the entire planet – so i would like to put them to use rather than throw them away. I only buy the pieces second-hand or people give them to me.

 

2. How long have you been in business? 

I started making them in 2009.

 

3. How do people find you online? 

dollzhaus.com, Facebook, Instagram @dollzhaus, and on the Depop app @dollzhaus

 

4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

That it’s all about recycling! Plastic never goes anywhere and I am trying to bring awareness to it.

 

5. Lagniappe Info. 

I make art from trash. I make jewelry for people who hate jewelry. I treat EVERYTHING with love and respect. I’m an oxymoron walking on a raincloud.

I have jewelry specific for sensory seeking and sensory avoiding. My own child is on the spectrum, so I understand the need for these things.

You can buy the pieces locally at Miette in the Lower Garden District.

I am working with ReMade in NOLA this year where we are taking the art into an interactive space. There will be a recycling experience for kids.

 

Want to donate some colorful Legos for the cause? Contact Elli via email ellidollz@gmail.com

 

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