ObsidianPause| Wearable Paper Art LLC

ObsidianPause| Wearable Paper Art LLC

About The Artist

Azania Tripp • minneapolis, MN

Whimsical one-of-a-kind joy is the magical superpower you will receive by wearing wearable art. I am Azania Tripp (she/her), I make mixed media collage one-of-a-kind wearable art and visual art pieces out of recyclable material using themes from nature and political activism. I use found a paper from my travels to Singapore, Michigan, New York, and Minnesota where I am from. The wearable art pieces, tell a story of my historical trauma and how afro-futurism and joy are my center for healing.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I am a self-taught jewelry creator. I use paper from my travels to Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Sydney, Australia, and in the U.S. from Michigan, New York, and Saint Cloud Minnesota where I am from. I repurpose the paper, dry flowers, string, cloth, and more to develop original collage work for people to wear. All the pieces are lightweight. I use thin birch wood, cork, or card stock as the base surface. I coat the jewelry pieces in resin for the durability of the work.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Jewelry design with recyclable material is my healing practice. I started making wearable art because I needed something to make me feel powerful, that I would have an impact and feeling of accomplishment in my body. When you feel proud of yourself it feels so good. To me, the power of joy is the center of my art. I create art that is reflective of the historical traumas that have created intergenerational trauma within the Black/ African American and Singaporean Eurasian communities. Knowing and understanding why I exist is important. And I create art to create space for future spaces that show the vibrancy of my community. Joy is saying No, Joy is reading and understanding, Joy is this, being in spaces with dope people. For the past 6 years, I have taught myself a method to create light-height wearable art. My hope is that we are able to work together to create wearable art that makes you feel the power of joy.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I am a first-generation Black/ African American Singaporean Eurasian pansexual woman that creates whimsical one-of-a-kind eco-friendly art. Each piece shows a dynamic representation of my community. I do this through visual, wearable art jewelry and by facilitating accessible jewelry collage-making workshops for community members in-person and virtually. I hope the people that wear my designs experience joy, relaxation, and connection with others.