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Lebrusan Studio launches Blunt Blades exhibit

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Lebrusan Studio has lifted the curtain on a new contemporary art exhibition, Blunt Blades, which features jewellery created from the confiscated weapons.

On display are a set of 275 rings cast in recycled metal which represents the number of knife homicides in England and Wales from 2019 to 2020.

The bands are also created in shapes and sizes that symbolise the percentage of these deaths that were men, women and children.

The programme saw more of the police-confiscated knives repurposed into rings, then gifted to nine women whose lives have been changed by knife crime.

The project was supported by the Women’s Support Centre Surrey and Quiet Down There, a not-for-profit organisation that encourages individuals to articulate their cultures through artistic mediums.

Blunt Blades is now open to view in person and online until October 2022.

Arabel Lebrusan, creative director, said: “Since the day I received the confiscated knives eight years ago, my mind has been occupied with the idea of transforming the metal from these objects into works that could evoke other emotions.

“As an ethical jeweller, it’s not enough for us to simply use sustainable materials and ethical practises. It’s our responsibility to cast light on injustices, campaign for mandatory human rights diligence in supply chains, and strive for an industry free of exploitation.”

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