Press

“Ten years ago, hemp and hippies dominated the common perception of products made from recycled materials. Today, nothing is further from the truth. Just look at the ultra-industrial creations from Chicago designer Melissa Kolbusz. Using her hometown as a salvage yard rife with things most people would consider waste, Kolbusz uses recycled and surplus materials like metal and rubber washers and cords, alternator wire and stainless steel springs to create bracelets, necklaces, belly chains and hair accessories. This jewelry appeals to the punk in everyone.”
-excerpt from the book, Green Design

“Chicago designer Melissa Kolbusz gets our Sexiest (Re)use of Industrial Materials Award. (Re)using metal and rubber washers and cords, alternator wire, and steel cable to make bracelets, necklaces, belly chains, and hair accessories, like the bracelet seen here ($28), she’s created a collection of accessories that will please TreeHuggers, ravers, motorcycle mamas, and goth chicks alike. We dig her right-on aesthetic and her clever techniques. $25-100”
-Treehugger.com

“Designer Melissa Kolbusz's line of jewelry, [wired], is made entirely from reclaimed and surplus industrial materials. Though old alternator wires and used transistors might sound like the antithesis of fashion, Kolbusz's pieces have a distinctiveness that comes from mixing shape, texture and material, like dangling earrings made of rubber washers linked with stainless steel. Each handcrafted piece ($20 to $400) is dictated by the found material, so you won't have to worry about your gift being anything less than one of a kind.”
-emagazine.com


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TV

CNN Earth Day (link to video) - Apr 2012

Fox Chicago Evening News - Jun 2007

CLTV "Metromix" - Jun 2007

NBC 5 Chicago News "Style File" - March 2007

WB NYC Morning News - Dec 2005


BOOKS


STYLE, NATURALLY - 2009

GREEN DESIGN - 2006  

RECYCLE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE - 2006

RADIO

NPR interview with Gianofer Fields Sept 2007 - streaming audio


PRINT

People Magazine - Mar 2014

Daily Herald Weekender - Apr 2010 (St. Maarten)

Caviar Magazine - Jan 2010 (St. Maarten)

Experience St. Maarten - Jan 2010 (St. Maarten)

Daily Herald Weekender - Feb 2009 (St. Maarten)

EnviroNews Magazine - Aug 2008 (St. Maarten)

Caribelle Magazine - Aug 2008 (St. Maarten)

Berkshire Living Magazine - Jun 2008

IMAGE Magazine - Jan 2008 (pg. 38)

Columbia Chronicle - Nov 2007

Chicago Journal - Sept 2007

AutoBild - July 2007 (Germany)

Lucky Magazine - June 2007

TimeOut Magazine - April 2007

The Chicago Reader - Dec 2006

IMAGE Magazine - Dec 2006

The Reader's Guide - Dec 2006

IMAGE Magazine - Jun 2006

Factio Magazine - Spring Issue 2006

PLENTY Magazine - Dec 2005

UR Chicago - Jul 2001


WEB

Green Living - Nov 2011

The Chicago Reader - Sep 2011

The Reader-Local Wares - Aug 2011

Fashiony.ru - Jul 2011

Bamboo Magazine - May 2011

Haute Nature - May 2011

CNN.com - Jun 2010

Natural-Living-for-Women.com - Jun 2010

Eco-Asia - Jun 2010

SickaThanAverage - Apr 2010

UrbanSocialite.com - Jun 2009

vLane.com - May 2009

GreenLuxury.com - Apr 2009

Ecoble.com - Mar 2009

GreatGreenGoods.com - Jan 2009

TheGreenDaily.com - Jan 2009

Hallo-Frau.de - 2009

Garbage of Eden - 2008

GreenLivingOnline.com - 2008

AFreshSqueeze.com - 2008

EMagazine.com - 2008

Fluxcore.org - 2007

GiftsandDec.com.org - Aug 2007

210SA - San Antonio - 2007

GenArtPulse.com - 2007

Factio Magazine - Jun 2007

Treehugger.com - Apr 2007

Factio Magazine - 2007

This Next - 2007

Business POV - Dec 2006

tribe.net blog - Dec 2006

TreeHugger.com - 2004

ApparelNews.net - 2002

iPlugIn.com - 2002