Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
So it is looking mighty cute in this shoot from November's Marie Claire US, despite everything I have ever learned about mixing and matching. But I'm just wondering you could pull it off without being model-slim, standing unglamorously at a smog-filled bus-stop, and trying not to look too much like a fashion experiment gone horribly wrong.
Anyhoo, I am loving this editorial. Who cares if a normal person would look absolutely bonkers. The photography, the styling, the colours... two words: GOR! GEOUS!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Being a Frida-fan aside, I love the colours, the overwhelming number of elements, and how Frida Kahlo looks like a Powerpuff Girl. Aren't these just the cutest pieces of art!?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Both are still prototypes (pins and wires are brass), and I shall be working feverishly the next couple of days (wedding is early November!), deconstructing the prototypes, and reconstructing them in 14K gold filled wire and pins.
The day's "princess" piece is of freshwater pearls, apatite, and a super-gorgeous concave-cut blue topaz. Everything else is 24K gold plated 925 silver, and (soon-to-be) 14K goldfill.
The evening's "diva" number is of garnets, amethyst, black spinel, and succulent freshwater semi-baroque pearls. As above, everything else is 24K gold plated 825 silver, and (soon-to-be) 14K goldfill.
A matching bracelet for the day, and a matching bangle/cuff for the evening is in the making. So watch this space! ;)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
John Hardy Silver and Gold Greco Drop Earrings
The metal-on-metal technique is called "dotting", sometimes known as "granulation", where itty-bitty bits of silver and/or gold is heat-mounted on a main body of silver, and then hammered, to form a pattern. Armed with this knowledge, and his own vision and creativity, Hardy started his line of jewelry from Ubud.
John Hardy Leather Naga Dragon Bracelet
John Hardy Pave Diamond Twisted Cuff
John and Cynthia HardyJohn Hardy the man was veering his focus in another direction. He and his wife Cynthia, began looking into making the entire John Hardy establishment more green. Seasoned environmentalists that they were, they initiated the planting of bamboo on a small island off Bali called Nusa Penida, home also to the highly endangered Bali Starling. And leading by example, they commissioned a showroom, named Kapal Bambu, in Ubud, made entirely out of bamboo.
From the John Hardy Nusa Penida Bamboo Collection. The cuff above also contains detailed depiction of Nusa Penida's endangered Bali Starlings.
In 2003, Damien Dernoncourt, a prominent French businessman based in Hong Kong, joined John Hardy as CEO. By 2007, Hardy and his wife sold their entire share of the conglomerate they had started almost 30 years ago, to Dernoncourt and Bedarida. Seeing that John hardy the jewelry line was in good hands, John and Cynthia Hardy decided to shift their focus.
construction of the Green School
So they went and built a bamboo international school, called Green School in Ubud, where the curriculum is an admirable blend of formal education and a green philosophy intended for the better of the future of Mother Earth; an entirely relevant and holistic approach to living better, more responsibly and more consciously, as part of our macrocosm.
John and Cynthia Hardy's Green School
“We are building the School to create a new paradigm for learning. We want to cultivate physical sensibilities so that children adapt and grow capable, as well as spiritual awareness and emotional intuition to encourage them to be in awe of life’s possibilities,” says Cynthia Hardy.
Bambu Indah's natural pool
More than amazing, I find it absolutely admirable and so inspiring, what John and Cynthia Hardy have achieved in their lives. Arriving in Bali in 1975, as young hippie travelers, they have since carved out a super-successful business with something close to their hearts, and that's jewelry art.
Having gained success from that, they created more meaning in their lives and made serious efforts to give back and sustain those that have sustained them. Theirs is a life story of constant growth, of continued faith in ideals, a hippie fairytale that ends exactly how it began: In Bliss.
The Hardy family in their home in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Monday, October 19, 2009
FOR THE HUSBAND WHO IS ON THE SOFA BEING A COUCH POTATO,
BECAUSE HE IS HOME WITH ME AND NOT OUT AT THE BARS.
FOR THE TEENAGER WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING DISHES
BECAUSE IT MEANS SHE IS AT HOME, NOT ON THE STREETS.
FOR THE TAXES I PAY BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM EMPLOYED.
FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.
FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.
FOR A LAWN THAT NEEDS MOWING, WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING, AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE A HOME.
FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE IT MEANS WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
FOR THE PARKING SPOT I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION.
FOR THE PILE OF LAUNDRY AND IRONING BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.
FOR WEARINESS AND ACHING MUSCLES AT THE END OF THE DAY BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD.
AND FINALLY, FOR TOO MUCH E-MAIL BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE THINKING OF ME.
Friday, October 16, 2009
And yesterday, while I had some time out to myself, I went down to Borders, armed with my 20% off emailed voucher, and got me some new reads. A lovely colour reference, next month's Yoga Journal, next month's British VOGUE, and a coffee table book on Paul Cezanne. Gorgeous!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
* UPDATE 11 Oct* The entire collection can be seen at my Facebook group. Click here to see! :)
From my moodboard...
De Lempicka’s style has been described as “soft cubism”, and her iconic masterpieces are oftentimes used to represent the Art Deco era. It possesses the feminine sensibility of classic beauty, with a progressive edge that made her work immediately recognisable, and just so signature de Lempicka.
"Solitaire Noir" and "Solitaire Blanche"
Classical, yet modern. Crisp, yet muted. Heady, yet translucent. The MAYA & RUHI/OCT09 Collection features the Art Deco penchant for pearls, vintage motifs, structural lines with a sense of feminine allure. A celebration of the free spirit and downright fab-ness of Tamara de Lempicka.
This is my first cohesive collection, and will be launched in KL on October 15th.