Heather Mullins at Après Ski Jewelry transforms old skis into fun, colorful earrings, necklaces and coasters. When we found out about Heather, we knew we had to transform an old pair of Wagner Skis into custom accessories. Check out this video footage of the transformation process and read our interview with Heather at wagnerskis.com.
Working on a tight budget? We found stocking stuffers that are more than just knickknacks. You know the saying: It's not the gift but the thought that counts. So think "skiing" when it comes to gifts this holiday season, and you're sure to delight the skiers on your list. Slope-inspired gifts come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges, so our editors handpicked items to please every type of skier. Here are our picks for stocking stuffers that are more than just knickknacks.
While studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, Heather Mullins started repurposing materials into furniture about five years ago. She came across a pair of skis and made a table, but realized they were an even better material for earrings. “The scraps from the skis were the prettiest scraps I’d seen,” Mullins says. “The insides were really interesting.”
As part of Outdoor Project's Women In the Wild series this summer, I have had the honor of working with outdoor women from all over the industry to dig a bit deeper into who they are, how they got to where they are now, how they approach the outdoors, and more. These women are all rad in their own right, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or how "badass" they might be.
Luc Mehl looks at a map of Alaska the way a carpenter looks at a stack of 2x4s, or the way Heather Mullins sees a pair of old skis. To Luc, the topo lines of his home state are filled with possibilities to see things in a new light. He looks at his gear in the same way.
Big names like Patagonia, REI, and Outside Magazine are giving us more options to find reused and recycled gear this year. We can make a big impact by reducing our consumption and re-using existing products and materials. For the past few years, Heather Mullins has been re-imagining the beauty of retired skis. Tinkering in her studio a few seasons ago, she discovered a way to give skis a second life by transforming them into wearable works of art.