When you throw something away is it really going away or is it simply existing in a different space out of your sight? Mariana Acosta Contreras is a Contemporary Jeweler from Mexico that has made it her life mission to challenge the public perception about the value, power, and beauty of everyday disregarded objects.
Mariana Acosta is a professor at Universidad Gestalt de Diseno in Xalapa, Mexico. She holds an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design (Class of 2009). For the past four years she has been teaching graphic and industrial designers "Precious Waste, the art of rubbish transformation" a class-project that challenges our personal interpretation and definition of waste through a process of experimentation and transformation of everyday objects that are discarded as they become useless in the ordinary world.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx