Bowling Arm Bangles

Good Sport is an accessory range made with the leather remnants from cricket balls.

 “A simple idea, Bowling Arm is about making something from nothing. It supports the design and production of sustainable product ideas and embraces the joy of storytelling”. – Simone LeAmon

Bowling Arm is a set of six bangles made from the leather waste of Australian made cricket balls. The bangles stretch to fit all wrist sizes and acquire a lovely character with wear. Available in red, white and yellow every Bowling Arm set is assembled by Simone LeAmon and her team in the Melbourne design studio.

Known for initiating creative dialogues with local manufacturers, Simone has salvaged the leather waste from cricket ball manufacturers around Australia since 1999. Transforming the waste into bangles through clever packaging and storytelling the Bowling Arm bangles have sold to tens of thousands of people all around the world.

Incidentally, if unfamiliar with the game of cricket it unites Britain with Commonwealth nations in a shared sporting mystique. It is part of the Australian experience; played by communities through decades of change it has long been associated with notions of ‘fair play’ and good sportsmanship.

In celebration of Bowling Arm’s 10th anniversary and appearance in the Design Museum London’s 2012- 2013 touring exhibition Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery curated by Susan Cohn, Limited Over is a special edition of 100 bangles in 316 stainless steel and bronze cast from the original collection.

For sales enquiries email: simone(at)simoneleamon.com

 

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Simone LeAmon developed the product idea for Bowling Arm in 1999. Discussing the properties of pre-consumer waste with design students Simone presented them with an exercise – to collect material by-product from local manufacturers and investigate its future-potential value.

Keen to demonstrate the power of the design exercise Simone retrieved some leather off-cuts from a cricket ball manufacturer near to her grandparent’s home and began to wear them. Constantly approached by people on the street, in shops and cafes – all wanting to know where they could buy the red leather bangles, Simone launched Bowling Arm in 1999 with n+1 equals studio, co-founded by her and artist Charles Anderson.

Selling to Final Home (Issey Miyake Inc) and 80 unique boutique retailers around the world Bowling Arm has since been profiled in numerous international titles including: Intramuros (FRA), Mood (ITA), Carnet (ITA), Axis (JA), Interni (ITA), Gala (DE), Curve (AUST), Bell (AUST) and Vogue (AUST).

Appearing on the arms of Carrie and Miranda in Sex in the City (TV series/U.S 2004), fashion icon Anna Piaggi (2006) and sponsoring the vernissage of the 2008 Australian Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale – Bowling Arm is possibly the most quintessential piece of “Aussie” jewellery to date.

Available: Museum of Contemporary Art (SYD), Queensland Art Gallery (QLD), Design Museum London (LDN), Rossana Orlandi (MI), Thomas Dyberg (DA)

 

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