Period Statement Earrings
London, 2018 - 2019
A declaration of beauty
I was frustrated by commercials showing pads that can flawlessly absorb blue liquid and a social narrative that regards the menstrual cycle as a disadvantage. Yes, it hurts like hell — but nothing about it makes people weak. The Period Statement Earrings present the menstrual cycle in all its glory! I translated my research into the physical and cultural aspects of the period into a bold line of earrings. Inspired by various phases and feelings of the cycle, the earrings are a wearable declaration of power; they ignite conversations that will help us own the narrative of the period.
Thinking through making
The work on this project was a dance between research and making, between personal growth and outside impact. I’ve set out to know as much as I can about menstruation using books, podcasts, films and various pop-culture references. I discovered many talented, inspiring people and organisations dealing with both period and period poverty.
Initially, I designed two sets of earrings I wore during my period. It added fun to the otherwise painful experience. It also helped me to talk about the subject with people, using the earring as a prop. During this process, I learned to name the things my body experienced every month, which turned out to be very powerful. Wanting to give the different phases of the menstrual cycle a fun and powerful visual representation, I expanded the line to six different designs.