WIN / Bespoke jewellery from not-for-profit the guitarwrist, made from guitar strings donated by Pendulum

By on Wednesday, 13th December 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Every Tuesday morning without fail, there is a parade of blue bins standing attention on my street, filled to the brim with plastic and glass bottles, waiting to be picked up by the recycling truck on his weekly run. I have been a staunch supporter for recycling for years, and I still fish out the soda cans and plastic salad containers I spy in the kitchen bin at work so they will be recycled. While the wherewithal to recycle food and drink containers is a common thing on our minds every time we’re in a public space, something you probably have never considered, even if you are a musician yourself, is how much waste is generated from the binning of old guitar strings alone.

I was gobsmacked reading the figure: it’s estimated 1.5 million pounds of discarded strings are destined for the many maxed out landfills of our earth. A solution, and a good one at that, has been brought to fruition by the guitarwrist, a not-for-profit jewellery collection that is taking the used guitar string donations of some of your favourite artists and turning them into collectible, beautiful pieces of art. Ninety-five percent of the donated strings are used in the creations by Emma Hedley Jewellery. Musicians and bands who have already stepped up to the plate to make string donations include artists we’ve featured quite a bit here on TGTF like KT Tunstall, Duran Duran, Pendulum, Enter Shikari, You Me at Six, Twin Atlantic and Slaves.

And as if finding a new use for these guitar strings from your favourite artists wasn’t enough, 90% of the profits from sales of the pieces in this bespoke jewellery line are going towards Save The Children, CRUK, Teenage Cancer Trust, Help Refugees UK, Shelter, Dogs Trust, Centrepoint and many other worthy charities. Not only are you buying a one-of-a-kind piece of history that’s actually wearable, the money you spend on it is going towards good. As we get closer to Christmas and I’m sure there are plenty of procrastinators out there who haven’t even started shopping for loved ones, the guitarwrist offers a way to purchase that special person in your life something unique that simply with your purchase is allowing both of you to pay it forward!

If you live in London, I’ve got even better news: a pop-up store at 2 Newburgh Street in Soho is now open for your browsing and purchasing delight. We here at TGTF encourage you to pick up a beautifully crafted piece of art from the shop and dig deep to support charity. Pieces range from £40 to £500, to fit almost every budget. Are you a photography geek or just like to collect photos of your favourite guitarists? Photographer Scarlet Page (yes, Jimmy’s daughter) is exhibiting photos from her acclaimed coffee table book Resonators at the pop-up shop, and signed copies of her book will be available there, too.

To help us celebrate the holiday season, founder of the guitarist Ian Rendall has kindly donated a bespoke piece from their collection for us to giveaway. The prize is made from guitar strings donated by Peredur ap Gwynedd and Gareth McGrillen of electronic rock and drum ‘n’ bass group Pendulum, an estimated value of £150. Further, Ian has kindly agreed to ship this lovely prize worldwide to the winner, opening up this contest to anyone in the world.

So how do you win this awesome prize? What I would like to know from you is what you plan to do with your prize and why you want to be involved with a piece of jewellery from the guitarwrist. I want to ensure the prize gets a good home. I’ll also need your email address in the form below to contact you if you win. I will sort through all the entries received by this Friday, the 15th of December at noon British time and select a winner. I’m hoping to get this prize out in good time so you’ll have in time for Christmas, either as a gift for yourself or for someone else. Also, this should go without saying, but please do not enter if you’re only entering to turn around and sell the prize, because that’s not what this contest is at all about. Let’s play fair and just a reminder, he sees you when you’re sleeping, you dig? GOOD LUCK!

This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted soon.

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