2017 has been tumultuous with close family deaths, personal health issues, balancing relationships, and work. With these happenings it's made it easier to reevaluate my personal goals:
Being happy with the people (+Asher) I love and making time to do the things I'm good at. Regardless of time or location.
Here's a few unedited images from our recent trip to the Philippines:
Here's a few photos of what I've been working on:
If you see my previous blog post you saw the wax carving for this guy. I finally cast and soldered the piece onto a cuff bangle.
Coming from New York which had very little natural elements besides Central Park I have come to really appreciate being outdoors and nature. It's pretty easy to do in Southern California since the weather is predictable and sunny. I love taking walks outside, because the weather is great and there are so many varieties of flowers to see. The main reason all of the beautiful plant life is able to thrive here year round is because of the awesome sunny weather and great soil.
Looking into symbolism of the sun I came across the Egyptian Sun God Ra. His tears were said to be honey bees sent down to man to deliver a message (honeybees again playing a huge role ;) ). The Sun God was buried in a monumental obelisk shaped structure inscribed with Egyptian hyroglyphics.
Pyramids are known for their stable, everlasting structure. The Egyptian pyramids shapes were designed to symbolize the points of sun rays.
Now I'm starting to see pyramids...
I've briefly mentioned and posted images of things I like and am inspired by. Geometric architecture, symmetric patterns, and nature are things I am constantly amazed by and drawn to. When I first moved to California I immediately noticed and appreciated the immense about of nature. The beach and mountains are easily within reach, and the vibrant, beautiful flowers that thrive here year round make simple walks outside worth while. I happened to watch a few bee documentaries regarding Colony Collapse Disorder and the deep impact of "disappearing" bees. After I learned more about bees and how their role in the environment sustains life I began to really take notice of two things: 1) Bees pollinating 2) The Hexagon/honeycomb shape
The relationship between bees and the honeycomb/hexagon shape is the inspiration behind my first collection.
Bees and flowers have played a big role in my first collection and presentation.
I love the hexagon shape because it can create such interesting patterns connected or standing alone
Even though honeybees are small they are incredibly hard workers. Their efforts directly affect our lives. The Hex Collection embraces the honeybee and honeycomb. Although the pieces are small and delicate they are part of your everyday life and wardrobe.
Since moving to California and starting my jewelry line I have been really fortunate in meeting creative individuals who have been so great to collaborate with and be inspired by. I am really excited to say with the help of a few awesome, creative, and beautiful ladies I had my first product photoshoot. Here's a few behind the scenes images from the shoot.
Shoot Coordinator: Jeanne Ho
Photographer: Michelle Kim
Make Up Artist: Lorraine Rodriguez
Model: Susan Hier