The Essence of Elppin
Elppin is breast-inspired jewelry, but it is clearly much more than just decoration. It startles people out of every day complacency by creating a reason to explore that which is overtly censored, concealed, and repressed –our nipples.
To discuss our bodies, we must situate them within the world we live; we must start examining the effect this world has on our relationship with our bodies, ourselves, and each other.
We all agree that we live in a patriarchal world. It’s touched most of us in some way, shape or form. We are familiar with the statistics that prove gender inequality. Everyday, everywhere, women are subjected to violence – at home, in their communities, at the workplace, institutionally, systemically, even through governmental legislation. The fight against patriarchal oppression is a real one.
The good news is that wherever patriarchal power asserts itself, there is resistance.
They censor our nipples, so we use shiny, reflective jewelry to challenge not only censorship, but the entire power structure that produces and sustains a culture of women’s oppression.
While discourse transmits, produces and reinforces patriarchal power, it can also undermine and expose it – rendering it fragile, making it possible to thwart.
Elppin, in its provocative and challenging essence, its conversational potentiality, and its action-producing capacity, always overtly overthrows the patriarchy.
One cannot wear Elppin and not take a stand.
Elppin is a symbol that identifies and unites all those who engage in the battle against patriarchy. Beyond that, it’s the physical manifestation of the fight against injustice towards women.
Part of the beauty of Elppin, is that you can choose to what degree, and in what fashion, you want to engage in the cause. It’s not solely about tearing down the system – as necessary as that might be – it’s about creating a community, a space and a conversation that we feel empowered in. Fertile ground for human growth, expression and freedom.
Elppin is something different to everyone. What will you make it?
Before jewelry, Carina Hardy engaged the breast through many artistic mediums. Explore her plaster casting, inflatable installations, and melting ice chest sculptures.
Plaster breasts made of Mother Earth.
Perfect impressions of bodies imprinted in natural mineral rock.
Enter golden fleshy
interactive interior space
of an enormous scale.
breast, adorning metal armor.
Hammered by hands, crafted by fire.
Artistic flow frozen in time. Elppin’s essence in ice chests; water infused with natural
colors of cayenne, turmeric, matcha, beetroot, and indigo, mixing as they melt.
Meet Your Makers
We are proud to work directly with generational master jewelers who create every piece entirely by hand in their home workshops.
"Each Elppin we create is unique because the creative spirit that channels through us guides the hammer and leaves a distinctive character on the metal"...
Protecting the Mother of All Mothers is our priority, that’s why Elppin packaging makes sustainability beautiful.
- 100% plastic free
- Natural indigo dye silk tencel textile
- Handwoven sustainable bamboo fiber baskets
- Organic stuffing that falls from the Kapuk tree
- Handmade with love
We donate 10% of all proceeds to Planned Parenthood, in the USA and Bumi Sehat, in Bali.
In a world where basic women’s rights are constantly violated, when more than 20 million women lack access to reproductive healthcare, it’s essential to give back to organizations that provide free and equal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare; an Elppin imperative.
Woman Behind The Breast
“I was born in Bali back when most Balinese village women were topless. Breasts were a source of power - a life source. While my body was developing, I assisted in many live births as a volunteer doula. When I moved to New York City, I saw breasts popping out of shirts, but nipples were always covered, and suddenly, they were highly sexualized. In college I challenged censorship through art, exploring the nipple as a site of taboo and tension. Today I do the same; Elppin is a dream because I can challenge patriarchy through creating beauty.”