March 3rd, 2013
I am very excited to announce that “The Secret Garden – Necklace” has received the 2013 NICHE Award in the Jewelry, Gold with Stone category.
The NICHE Awards program recognizes the creative achievements of professional and student artists based in the U.S. and Canada. From close to 1,000 entries, the judges selected 40 artworks made by the professionals and 18 by students to receive top honors.
The Secret Garden – Necklace
The geometric shapes with the rough surfaced black Tourmaline create a stone pathway in the secret garden. The diamonds are the treasures that can be found along the journey.
18k yellow gold, black Tourmaline, diamonds
7.25 x 6.5 x 0.5 inch
March 24th, 2012
I am thrilled to announce that “The garden” Brooch/pendant has received the 2012 MJSA Vision awards 2nd place in the Gold Distinction.
“The Garden” Brooch/Pendant. Comprising 18k gold, brown and white diamonds, pearls, and steel, this brooch/pendant is like a secret garden with its own rhythm in mind. It features a group of scattered elements—pods, pearls, concave discs with cut-outs—that are linked together by linear elements. The pod elements are loosely attached, creating sounds when worn.
January 30th, 2008
I am always interested in reading comic books and watching movies. The similarity of them is that they both consist of frames. Each frame can be seen as a fragment of the movie. By connecting all the fragments together, the story has unfolded. I always have a picture in my mind after seeing a movie. I remember the silhouettes of children riding bicycles across the sky with ET in the basket. I also remember “Don” Vito Corleone sitting in a chair with a cat in his hand and listening to people’s requests in God Father. These pictures in my mind provide me memories of the stories and the movie going experiences.
I am also drawn to the daily objects that have been used by people. Usage presents the history of the object as well as the trademark of the people who used it. I have always liked a teapot that belongs to my father. It has a lotus root shape body with a vine like handle and pourer. There are a couple of lotus seeds on the lid that make jingling sounds while pouring the tea. Every time I see this teapot it reminds me of the life style and culture I am living in. With this teapot also come memories of teatime with my family. By connecting all the experiences, I have my own story with the teapot.
I think of my jewelry as fragments, carrying stories by using metaphor in my design, expressing the desire, wit or sensuality. I also see it as small sculptures, documenting the time and the emotion in which I live. Each piece, in a technical way, is an exploration of line and pattern; creating structure, form and motion. It also presents the imagination of the mind as well as the story and history of the making process. The work is not meant to isolate specific meanings, rather suggest a moment of thought where stillness, beauty and illumination can peacefully coexist. I believe that, while Art allows artists to understand themselves better, it also improves communication between human beings and can express a concern and love for society.