The blatant disregard of architectural and cultural preservation in the urban center of Houston is alarming. The Houston Yellow Tape Project (HYTP) employs jewelry as a catalyst to preserve and transform the residual debris from the expedient urbanization and demolition of ten residential homes. Formed by remnants collected from these sites, the jewelry captures both collective and individual identities and preserves a fragment of what no longer exists.  The jewelry in HYTP physically embodies a singular, discarded moment during the sprawling trajectory of the city. These works were designed to mandate attention when worn and ignite conversations between wearer and viewer regarding connections to material, place, and time.

Demitra Thomloudis is one of the exhibiting artists for Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home.