Sunday, February 7, 2010

Old Times

Been sifting through the old photos and came across these window display pics back when I studied Visual Merchandising. We were put in pairs and had to design the layout of a shop front window. It's funny to look back at these and to remember my mindset and what I was like as a person and wonder what kind of shop front I would have designed today, had I done the same project now.

I made this lamp-shade by hand, its framework made out of armature wire. Green chiffon was gathered in pleats and hand-sewn onto the wire framework. A black tassel fringe and chandelier beads were sewn round the base to finish the 1920s vintage feel. I love working with armature wire. It's so soft, I could easily sculpt the lamp-shade into a kooky shape by hand.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Leather Love


sigh, if only

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Birthday Banquet

Of late, my younger brother turned 21. In collaboration with Jimwah from upcoming label Giraffe Banquet, I created this one-off piece to compliment his boyish good looks and cool kid styles -

The necklace consists of a brass, geometrical, hand forged ring and a bronze cast nintendo 'crucifix' arrow control button (courtesy of Jimwah) . I intended it to be a memento of  playing N64 games  as kids.



The brass ring was originally a technical exercise where I took four brass rod rings and deconstructed & reconstructed them to create different forms.

Alas, my brother already has lost this necklace, while riding a banana boat in Fiji. I guess with the coming of age, wisdom does not always follow. Happy Birthday Marky-Moo. x

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Disney Couture

I love her clogs & her dove lackies x

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Feast or Famine

Wilberforce series, leaf brooch, copper,  2009/2010

One can never guess when the quiet lull of the last quarter of summer break will strike a gold rush . But all of a sudden I have a lot of commission work - and I'm definitely not complaining! I'm glad I've been able to keep my jewellery muscles in enough shape this break and it's a great feeling to have people appreciate your work enough to want to own a piece. Things are looking up and I'll admit I've had the Mario Kart 64 Rolling Credits theme song  in my head all day ( hey, it's uplifting).  Thanks for all the support guys! x

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Paper Cuts

Paper art has come a long way since I was a kid, mucking around with my dainty quilling strips and mache. Here's a tribute to the serious guys who know when to scrunch or fold -

Papier Shroom

French artist Vincent Floderer takes sheets of paper and by a means of wet folding and crumpling, makes organic forms of mushrooms and coral.

Geometrical Tumbleweed

Modular paper sculpture.
Diameter approx. 50cm

Blade to the page: Peter Callesen

Not As Fast As His Shadow II, 2008
37 x 47,5 x 7 cm.
Acid Free A4 115 gsm paper, glue, acrylic paint and oak frame

Love the strong relationship between positive and negative space and how everything is used in telling the story. I'm a big fan of the narrative in an artwork.


Paper Couture. Always great to see art and fashion in a mash-up Robert Ryan is just too good.

grenades en papier

I guess I really appreciate the delicacies and strength in these paper artist's works. My goal is to emulate the same lightness that paper holds into the harder metals of jewellery. Something to think about for my final year of art school.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tell me a tale

Described as a storyteller, Rebecca Hannon is quite the writer - she just does it through jewellery rather than text. And that suits me just fine. Why, I would rather read about her pilgrimage to Santiago in Spain through a piece created by flowers from the very same place, flattened, outlined on paper and transitioned into rubber, than in words. I am drawn to works that hold a narrative. And once I learn the story of a piece, be it a painting, drawing or jewellery object, the sentiment is drawn out from it and is added to my own connotations of memories and objects.

Currently teaching at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design,leading a very busy schedule, Rebecca still manages to find time to give insightful feedback on a youngster's work. Just can't wait till she loads up her website with some more awesome pieces!