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Jamaican Artist Creates Wearable Art From Trash

Words and Images by Andrea M. Samuels for One Woman’s Style

Earrings by Melissa Preddie for Aviola Accessories
Wearing red, green, and gold earrings designed by Mellissa Preddie of Aviola Accessories

So sis asked me to do a piece for her blog many moons ago. Of course she made the mistake of not giving me a specific topic. Hmmmm, what to do…..I see she has grabbed the procrastinating topic so there goes that…..seems to be a family trait, this thing called procrastination. Then viola!  Well, make that Aviola!

I had seen some beautiful earrings in a local craft shop, Creative Ja, and on asking about them was quite disbelieving when told they were made from, uhm, garbage. Well, one man’s garbage and all that rubbish. The average plastic bottles we use, to you and me become garbage but to Mellissa Preddie they are her ‘bread and butta’ (thanks Tessanne).

Aviola Accessories
Earrings designed by Melissa Preddie, owner and founder of Aviola Accessories

Operating from her home in Mandeville, Jamaica, Mellissa collects these bottles and not only does her bit to save Mother Earth but turns them into wearable works of art that will add pizzaz to the most mundane outfit.

Preddie launched Aviola Accessories in 2012 because she “needed something to do.”

“While I was at home, a young baby was there with us, and so we had tons of water bottles. I carried out some research to find out what I could make with all this plastic. I started doing decorative pebbles because of my love for interior designing, but that was seasonal and done to order for (events) like weddings and similar events.” ~Source: Jamaica-Gleaner

Necklace designed by 33-year-old Melissa Preddie, owner and founder of Aviola Accessories. |  I sure don’t mind working trash. Now I know what to rock when I wanna amp up this wrap I have had forever. This purple pendant hits the right note. Subtle yet effective.

I am tempted to get quite verbose, wax poetic and gush on this so I will quit before I do and let the pics speak for themselves.

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This is a collection of “fascinators,” for wearing on the head. The colours are just gorgeous!

Anyone who knows me well would be quite fascinated to see me wear a fascinator because I am just not that kinda gyal to fancy up my tresses. Obviously! This fascinator really fascinated me though so I thought I could, uhmm, sex up a simple outfit by rocking it as a statement piece to detract somewhat from the B-(arely) cups.


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Melissa Preddie, owner and founder of Aviola Accessories hard at work with a new creation.

She also creates decorative pieces for homes including vases, and wall hangings.  It takes Preddie anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes to complete a piece and in a recent interview, she revealed that her business has grown and now includes two part-time workers. Her client’s include young professionals, fashionista’s environmentally conscious people and patriotic Jamaicans.

XoXo, Andrea

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  1. Yeah!! Thanks for this post. I love to see my Jamaican Sistas doing their thing and I will be searching for her designs when I go home this summer. You always fill up my Yardie cup Chile. . . .
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