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Fashionable eyeglass holders have variety of applications

  • COURTESY BABS MIYANO-YOUNG
    Babs Miyano-Young, above, has gone from creating large-scale sculptures to wearable art necklaces and eyeglass holders.
  • COURTESY BABS MIYANO-YOUNG
    Babs Miyano-Young has gone from creating large-scale sculptures to wearable art necklaces and eyeglass holders, pictured.
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Artist Babs Miyano-Young has always been comfortable working on large-scale sculptures incorporating glass, metal and wood.

These days, she employs varied materials and textures in creating wearable art.

She started making eyeglass-holder necklaces for her own use, but clientele who spotted her wearing them at the artists’ co-op, The Gallery at Ward Centre, where she works 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, soon began putting in their requests.

She began making them in varying lengths to hold glasses, or office ID badges, describing them as "Fashion with FunKtion."

It was inevitable that some jewelry lovers needed no such functionality to enjoy the beauty of the necklaces alone, made of semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls and mother of pearl with sterling silver, gold vermeil or gold-fill findings.

The necklaces and eyeglass holders start at $45, and make great gifts for that friend who’s always misplacing her glasses — even when it’s on top of her head.

For more information, call The Gallery at Ward Centre at 597-8034.

Miyano-Young also will be one of the featured artists at the Tagami & Powell Gallery and Garden’s fall art show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The garden is at 47-754 Lamaula Road in Kahaluu.

 

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