jewelry & art inspired by the human preoccupation with beauty
Parody-Homage (2012, 2014, 2015)
Simultaneously parodying our established conceptions of value while paying homage to these feats of iconery
Anonymous Name Plate Necklace, 14K Yellow Gold, 16 inch chain, 6mm x 30 mm, 2012 Piece No 2. in the Parody-Homage Collection.
“What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?' 'Cats don't have names,' it said. 'No?' said Coraline. 'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.” --Neil Gaiman, Coraline
"We're born alone and then we're covered by m-m-m-mothers' kisses" --Regina Spektor
A tongue in cheek statement towards the value we put on our names as an integral part of our identity and personality, when the fact of the matter is, we still exist without our labels.
The traditional motif of the nameplate necklace, but instead of saying Jessica or Hotstuff, it renders the wearer nameless.
FRAGILE HANDLE WITH CARE HEART TAG PENDANT, Sterling Silver, 19mmx15mm, 2014
Piece No 1. of the Parody-Homage Collection.
A parody- homage of/to the classic Return to Tiffany collection, I create my own riff on the iconic heart charm.
Like the Tiffany collection, The Fragile Handle With Care Charm also de-anthromorphosizes the person by comparing her/him to a precious object. With the phrasing of a fancy luggage tag on fancier cargo. The 'Thank You' replaces' New York' on the original charm and references the hospitality of the plastic bags I'd always see in Asian grocery stores and carrying Chinese takeout. The '300' is in lieu of a metal stamp (usually 925 for sterling silver or 750 for 18K gold). 300 is the average weight of the human heart.
UNLOVE BRACELET, 14K Yellow Gold, 6.5 mm wide and 2 mm thick, 2015
Piece No 3. of the Parody-Homage Collection.
“even in the loneliest moments i have been there for myself.” ― Sanober Khan
“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” ― C.G. Jung
The UNLOVE bracelet is for the light and dark-humored, perfect for celebrating break ups and divorces, or simply independence even whilst in a happy relationship.
Unlike other parodies of luxury, I still wanted the piece to be of design value independent of the parodied-homaged. Considered on its, own, I love that the holes are the focal points of the piece--absence is the centerpiece. It also reminds me of the perforated metal strips in children's construction kits, the punched holes on the side of continuous-feed printer that you peel away along dotted lines. Beauty in the mundane.