Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
So what I have done is simply put in tiny 24K vermeil spacers, to luxe it up without affecting the organic fall of the piece. So that when worn, it sits on the collar in a gorgeous leaf-fall formation.
How super is this? I love how this dramatic blue piece happens to have an Evil Eye as a centrepiece...
... how the colour and leaf-fall of this fuchsia- pink one is uber-chic and organic at the same time...
...and how this black one will look so 21st-century Katherine Hepburn with a simple white button-down shirt.
**Update, 30 April: All of the above have found loving homes... :)
Monday, April 27, 2009
This is the spillover mess from my workspace. It has been such hot days, and I have had to position myself in the middle of the sofa, directly under the ceiling fan (which is also conveniently smack in front of the TV) to do my crafting.
It's terrible that there is one seat less on the sofa. I am not proud. It worries me that I have absolutely no control over my burgeoning work area/clutter.
On a happier note, I do tend to be more productive. I am comfortably sunk into the sofa, cooled by the fan, and entertained by a continuous stream of the Style Network's usual fare. Last night I managed to complete 2 chokers (if you look closely you can see the blue one lying there) half-watching Dr. 90210, Kimora, and Peter Perfect (...riveting stuff). Pictures of them gorgeous agate chokers shall be posted tomorrow. I shall go photograph them now... :)
(See? That's how I end up not ever getting round to tidying up... There's just so many more fun/important things to do!)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This one with cherry Swarovski crystal is so bold and sexy, while the other one with amethyst Swarovski crystal is moody and elegant. I love how these turned out. I will be listing these soon.
Friday, April 24, 2009
"Amen!" to that.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Yesterday, I had the pleasure and honour of accompanying a friend to a diamond jewelry boutique to help her pick out her engagement ring.
We basked in all that diamond glory for about half and hour and in the end, she picked this out-of-this-world gorgeous oval-cut number. And I went home with a tingling sensation all over from all that diamond-vibe, that lasted well into the evening.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Handy little handsoap (pun SO intended). Would you say these are disturbingly cute, or cute in a disturbing way? Amputated baby hands, or little dolly soap? In any case, I love it for its freak factor and how it is sure to be a conversation piece among houseguests. These are available at foliage.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Waris Ahluwalia is a jewelry designer. His House of Waris line is high-end, available at the esteemed Bergdorf Goodman, and at Colette in Paris, known to showcase groundbreaking fashion art and artists.
His work is simple yet atypical, opulent yet understated. In an interview with fashion journalist Diane Pernet, he explains that, to him, luxury is an intangible, immeasurable aspect and amount of "soul" put into each piece of his jewelry. The client is not only buying the value of the precious rocks, but also the indeterminable romance of the will and talent of an expert craftsman breathing life into the raw material. Interesting thought, and expert marketing to the soulless super-rich, I must admit.
And then, when he has the time, he stars in his buddy, Wes Anderson's little film ditties, quirky independent masterpieces such as The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Rumour has it that his deadpan good looks and subtle character studies so impressed Spike Lee, that Lee tracked him down and asked him to be in his thriller The Inside Man.
So essentially, Waris Ahluwalia is best known for his bespoke jewelry, his bit-parts in classic cult movies, his looking like a fish out of water at red carpet do's, and his undeniable underground rockstar status. Now that's what I call "genius".
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Manjeet Shergill is a prolific artist, who has a studio in Holland Village where she works from, and conduct the occasional painting workshop. I have thought many times about signing up for one, but never had the guts to. I just will be so in awe of her and her work I will hardly be able to squeeze any paint out of the tube.
I love her Modigiliani-esque shapes, and the honesty and crispness of her subject's presentation. I also love how her work is so 3-dimensional in effect despite being so 2-dimensional in form, you know what I mean?
(Fact is, I have tried to emulate her work, but as you can see, it is a rather poor and very immature version.)
My "Indian Aunty" :/
The other artist I cannot get enough of is Desmond Sim. He is another prolific artist, who actually started out his artistic career as a poet and playwright. His renderings and interpretations of Peranakan culture is captured so gorgeously it's amazing. From the detail of the ornaments and intricate designs of the sarong kebayas, to the little saucy smirks and nuanced glances of the subjects. It evokes a whole sense of identity that is, really, eroding.
The Peranakans are a dwindling lot, and a rather curious phenomena, simply because you can't be quite sure what makes one a Peranakan. Is it the pidgin language (actually they call it Peranakan patois now) that you speak, or is it the cross-cultured traditions that you keep? 'Coz it's definitely not a race-thing, which essentially makes it hard to define. Mainly Chinese who speak quirky-accented Malay with a smattering of Chinese dialect, the Peranakans are seriously, neither here nor there. And so they decided they would be One. Which is really quite cool. :)
The Peranakan Museum in Singapore is a colourful tribute to this very hodge-podge culture, with fantastical Malay dress infused with Chinese elements and super-superstitious traditions, of a loud exuberant people. Highly interesting, and things so wonderful, that every time you look at it again, you see something new. Just like Desmond Sim's work.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
... and if I dare say so myself, pretty prolific.
'Coz right now, I am moving on from these bangles and rings, to experimenting with a completely different form - hoop earrings that're more like discs... Nyes, it probably looks better than it sounds... I'll post a pic as soon as I deem one presentable. :)
But for now, here are the fruits of what I have been up to the past week or so. Many thanks to my Dear Ole Dad, who tried his best to help me figure out how to polish up on the crafting of these bangles.
So, I have lost my fingerprints and there's a feeling in my fingerjoints that's somwhere between "dull ache" and "numb".
But these ARE yummy, aren't they? ;)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Ruhi has been wearing these bangles lately, and I have noticed how she is enjoying the jingle-jangle of them - when she moves about, especially when she makes a mistake with her writing attempts and "has to" use the eraser.
Another thing I have noticed is how refreshing that jingle-jangle actually is. I like how it "clears the air" for those very few seconds, literally a kind of music to the ears. It snaps me out of a mental treadmill anyway. It's a refreshing momentary peace, a nice shot of Here and Now.