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Mixed Metals :: Gold and Silver

I used to think that gold and silver (especially bright silver) would be mutually exclusive.  Mixing the two metals together went against conventional fashion sense.  In fact, one hardly sees both applied in the same piece of work, although this began to change in recent times.

This pair of earrings was born out of a sudden inspiration that popped into my head a few days ago...it really warms my heart to see that it turned out pretty well. 

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Happy Holidays


This Christmas, I remember and am thankful for every single soul who crossed my path on this creative journey.  I have met and made friends through blogs, Facebook, Artfire and Etsy... all your kind words and support were immense encouragement for me to carry on.

May joy and peace be with you and your loved ones...have a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful year ahead!
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Hunting for the perfect gift

Fret not for last minute shopping... you could pick up a gift from these amazing artists right here at home in Singapore!

'Shop at home this Christmas' by IlmareAtelier


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Inspiration found

You know the thrill in your heart when you see a piece that excites you, much like the archaeologist who stumbles upon a 100th century old treasure.  Here are my finds for the week:

 Cheerleader in Borobodur Java - look at her headdress!

 A 17th century Ottoman tent - how positively breathtaking!  I would stand in awe too.

 I do not know the story behind this picture but how rich these colors are!

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Maple Autumn Fantasy

Living in a city enclosed with summer all year round (with the usual spurts of tropical showers, of course), I find the warm autumnal browns and reds simply irresistible.  After seeing so many similar scenes in the movies and dramas, I often dream of walking down a road like this:


So when I found a bunch of gems in this color palette, I just had to make these:

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Exotic finds

I realised I haven't been showing much love to my blog lately...what with a change in jobs and lucky for me, I managed to squeeze a short getaway to exotic Siem Reap and the mysterious Angkor Wat.  The collection below was inspired by my travels...enjoy!


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Blueberries

My inspiration for the week:



The first overwhelms with delicious temptation that no mean palette could resist and the second exudes heartwarming thoughtfulness.  Hmm... how do I translate this into my work:

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I had a dream

I had a dream one night, of waiting at a bus stop amidst a backdrop of lush greenery... it wasn't clear what I was waiting for but the overhanging tree branches with glistening raindrops rolling down the leaves of sage green felt so real that the smell of greenery was in the air when I woke.


Many weeks later, I was inspired to create this piece and to think that it had such a whimsical start!

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Midnight Muse

A muse, in Greek mythology terms, is a goddess or spirit that inspire the creation of literature and art.  In the modern day, a muse could appear in any form...a person you met, a story you heard, a place you visited, one thing leads to another and voila! A piece of art is born.

The muse for my latest creation was a surprise, even to me - Chanel's 2010 Autumn Winter Collection that I found in Vogue's September edition.


One word kept appearing in my mind afterwards - Midnight - and very aptly adopted for my latest work:

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Art finds

Chancing upon the rare exquisite vintage find at the flea market almost always makes the heart race, like stumbling upon a treasure trove before everyone else.  Exactly my sentiments when I found these bursting onto my screen:



Inspired to plough away at my own piece, I collected gems in dusky pinks, light mauves, petite coral, smoky browns and tada!  Here is the result of several weekends of hard work:

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Collections


I have often shied away from creating whole jewellery collections, that is, matching earings, necklace, and bracelet, as I felt to wear all of these at the same time would be too over the top.

However, a lovely customer approached me recently to design a bespoke pair of earrings to match the Seashore necklace she purchased. Not wanting the overall look to be too heavily accessorised, I kept the clusters simple while retaining the overall flow of the design:

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Good things come in small packages

When I first chanced upon Rosalera, I thought this was the most beautiful way to freeze memories in time! It is amazing how a humble piece of history (think vintage lace...) or nature (think petite flowers...) could be encased in resin and sterling silver and "live" forever.

Well, I bought myself a piece of history (antique venetian lace with vintage kimono silk) from Rosalera, could not bear to use them for a long time and finally made these:


More goodness from Rosalera:

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Solange

It was by a stroke of luck that I came upon this beautiful piece of solar quartz heart, with lots of fine crystals gathered around a centre of concentric circles in a lovely radiating pattern.  I wanted a unique gemstone color palette and my mind was filled with images of lagoons and white-sand beaches at the time...so here goes.


Doesn't it just reminds you of New Caledonia?  A sea paradise in southwest Pacific, the island was first discovered by Captain James Cook. It has been said that he named it New Caledonia as the rugged coastline reminded him of Scotland. 

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bleu Majorelle

The first time I read about Jardin Majorelle (Majorelle Garden), I was enthralled.  The incredible variety of lush vegetation, including cactus, yucas, water lilies, jasmine, bougainvilleas and others, juxtaposed with the bold cobalt blue architecture to form a breathtaking landscape from a different world.

Located in Marrakech, Morroco, this garden was designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle (1886 - 1962) and has been thought to be his creative masterpiece, more than his paintings were.  In fact, the special shade of cobalt blue used so extensively in the garden was named after him, bleu Majorelle.


Indeed, Jardin Majorelle was in my mind when I came across these lapis lazurites with their outrageous cobalt blue with dashes of brass gold pyrite flecks...I knew I had to get them!

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