If I could have an autograph from Bryan Adams, my favorite Canadian master of romantic rock ballads, I’d hang it next to my microwave because that’s where I spend most of my time. If I could wear a bracelet made out of his actual guitar strings, I’d wear it until the Summer of 2069, and then some. It turns out that not only can I don a bracelet made out of his strings, profits from the sales would go to the charity of his choice. This is all thanks to Wear Your Music, a Providence-based women-run company.
Wear Your Music founder Hannah Garrison began designing jewelry made from recycled materials back in 2004. Her studio doubled as a gathering place for artists, mainly musicians. Whereas most hosts would be annoyed by guests constantly leaving items behind, Hannah redesigned their refuse into wearable art and, voila, guitar string bracelets were born.
Former Allman Brothers guitar player Warren Haynes was the first famous musician to donate his strings, and chose to give profits from the sales to Headcount, a non-profit using music to promote participation in democracy and voter registry. More than 100 charities, 150 artists, and over half a million dollars in donations later, Wear Your Music now features the strings of acclaimed artists such as Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Bonnie Raitt, just to name a few. Prices vary per artist and their famous strings can be customized into bracelets or pendants. They carry strings from a wide range of musical genres from classic rock, to country, to reggae. It’s only rock and roll, sustainability, fashion and charity but I like it, like it, yes I do.
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