carina hardy

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Breast-inspired designer and owner of Elppin, jewelry and art

She is only 24 years old and she is that bold to have started a jewelry brand focused on breasts and nipples.

Elppin is “nipple” spelled backward, and it’s a statement of exploration related to breasts and women’s empowerment.
 
"For centuries, Balinese women worked, cleaned and lived topless". The purity behind the phenomenon - which is believed to have ceased because of Dutch colonial control, followed by the arrival of Japanese troops during World War II and then globalized, 21st-Century culture - has inspired Carina to create her line dedicated entirely to breasts, working from Celuk, the silversmith capital of Bali, when she is not in New York.
 
A graduate of Barnard College, she made the first approach to this theme with a Back to the Breast, a large-scale eco-inflatable art installation. Ever since I was young, I’ve been obsessed with beauty and adornment. This infatuation was ignited during a political and artistic awakening that really got me thinking about breasts and my desire to subvert patriarchal power structures associated with cultural taboos concerning women’s sexualization, shame, and medical trauma, etc. I volunteered at Bumi Sehat natural birth clinic throughout high school and by the time I was 19 years old I assisted and was a doula for eleven live births. These experiences shaped how I relate to and understand women, mothers, childbirth, and the connection to breasts as a natural life source. 
 
Elppin gives back 10% to Bumi Sehat in Bali and Planned Parenthood in America. 

Portrait by Livia Kuniardi.