Having received positive feedback since its debut in 2015, the Fashion Jewellery Atelier is making a strong comeback at the March Fair, in which 14 indie designers will proudly display their latest creations. AFJA Review discusses creativity with some of them.
Ives Chan – Hermoso
Vintage and geometric are the main styles of my brand. Besides brass and natural gemstones, I have adopted some industrial elements in my latest collection. At the moment I am looking for courses on making brass pieces, so as to extend my range of abilities.
Speaking of my latest collection, it is about accessorising with vintage perfume bottles. One of my customers once brought me her grandma’s vintage perfume bottle to make a necklace to remind her of their good times.
Danica So – Opsy Craft
Bracelets with natural gemstones in general are made with simply a single natural gemstone, which is quite a dull design. This inspired me to create the 925 Silver series. Each product is made with a few natural gemstones of different types, together with hand-braided 925 silver wire. This combination results in unique and stylish accessories.
The Shih Tzu necklace pendant is my favourite piece from the recently created series, “My Pets”. The inspiration came from my dog, which has played an important role in my life for more than 15 years. I also wanted to create pendants of a variety of breeds so that more pet lovers can take their lovely pets with them wherever they go.
I have started creating a couple of breeds for the “My Pets’’ series, as well as other pendant designs, using Silver Clay, a material which is easily shaped by hand.
Elaine Chan – M Flower
As a floral designer, I have been engaging in the popular art of bonsai. To make good use of the materials left over from my flower class, I recycle them and turn them into fashion jewellery.
My pieces are generally made from globe amaranth, which originated in Patagonia, South America. I put either the whole plant or its petals, together with other materials such as dried plants, glitter powder or beads, into a variety of glass globes, to seal the beautiful blossomy moment. I am currently looking for more possibilities for the flowers.
My most elaborate piece is a “lovebird” hanging decoration: very sophisticated design, narrow bottleneck yet a really round bottom, clear enough to see through the different layers of the flowers.
Deborah Tsui – Deborah Jewellery
Brought up in a family that loved jewellery and watches, I had my passions and handicrafts well nurtured from childhood, and the continuous dedication to the fashion jewellery industry propelled me towards setting up my own brand.
Usually I use daily life or vintage concepts as inspiration and transform them into simple and stunning pieces. Silver is the main material, decked out with crystal stones; or sometimes I will also use gold or platinum, to go with gemstones or diamonds. My collections “The Toothpick Star” and “Qi-pao Button” are my favourite and the iconic one respectively. For the latter, I once visited a master who made traditional Qi-pao buttons, and reinterpreted the method employing my jewellery know-how.
Sharon Cheung – MIDOTI by SHARON5
My overseas exposure to fine arts and ceramics training in different metropolitan cities has had a blended influence on my jewellery pieces. This really broadened my horizons in the fashion jewellery industry. “Metal-lace” is my recent favourite material: it’s a new German-tech material made from a combination of precious metals. Durable, yet soft in texture, it gives me a high degree of flexibility in structural formation. At the moment, we are trying to adopt 3D printing technology in some of our production processes.
“Knot-Lots” is my latest collection, inspired by the Chinese traditional happiness knot “Ru-Yi,” targeted at all brides and bridesmaids.
Ada Au – Playful Design
As a dessert lover, I decided to use resin clay to create small but sophisticated dessert-motif fashion jewellery pieces to bring joy and happiness to the wearer. The dessert-motif pieces are all made of Japanese air-dry resin clay, which looks particularly like actual dessert.
My favourite piece is the macaroon necklace. It took me a good amount of time to create the piece; using the clay to first make the macaroon, then the raspberry and finally the cream to join them together. If any of the procedures go wrong, I have to do them again. Luckily, it turned out to be a very elegant piece.
Dawn Law – Dawn Sonata Music Jewelry
My jewellery pieces are all music-inspired. Music should not be confined to just sound and melody; it contains other beautiful elements such as colours, lines, shapes, rhythm and texture. Therefore, I decided to perform music by transforming the notes into wearable jewellery.
I love using wire as my main material as it looks like a music stave that allows many possibilities; then decking out the whole piece with semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals to represent musical notes. Lately, I have created the new “Music Flower Collection”. I use a unique crochet technique to create different lovely flowers with many layers and patterns. I think they are just beautiful.
Queenie Chow – Pamycarie
The unexplored beauty of flowers is the essence of what drove me to fashion jewellery making, through which we perceive the boundless possibilities in flowers. I use cold porcelain and resin clay to mimic the natural form and beauty of flowers, and match them with rose gold-plated, gold-plated or pure sterling silver parts to assemble jewellery pieces. Riding on our creativity, sometimes we have “invented” flower species, in terms of their colours and forms, that have never existed.
Our latest collection is The Bouquet Earrings. We design and hand make hydrangea earrings with resin clay and 925 sterling silver chains. The launch of bouquet species and colours varies from season to season and festival to festival. Every piece is handcrafted and unique: that makes us a unique niche which the mass jewellery market can never provide.
Benson Ho – HK-Accessories
I have been involved in the fashion jewellery business for years, and sometimes the quality of mass-produced fashion jewellery is totally not up to standard. That prompted me to start thinking about what it takes to create quality pieces. Therefore, I searched for videos to see how other jewellery makers create their pieces – the whole process, including materials and tools – and self-learnt the techniques step by step. I also liked going to flea markets to see other people’s work, to try to blend their specialised elements into my own work and create my own original jewellery pieces. Finally, I started participating in such handmade flea markets to exchange ideas and concepts with others.
Toho beads, pearls and semi-precious stones are my favourite materials for creating Kumihimo bracelets. Lately, I have also mixed veg-tanned leather with the Toho bead patterns to create bracelets.
Joyce Wai – Jujube
Jujube is a Hong Kong artisan jewellery brand specialising in whimsical jewellery. All our ear wires are handmade with 14-karat gold and silver wire, embellished with vintage 1950s Swarovski findings, semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls. I have been active in the Hong Kong handmade jewellery and accessories market since 2007, and have occasionally taught beading lessons. I attended some courses at the University of Edinburgh to further polish my craftsmanship. My pieces were featured at Pop Up Asia 2016, in Taipei.
“Paradox Collection”, composed of original simple hook-style earrings, is our latest collection, featuring colourful Swarovski crystal beads with sterling silver, or 14-karat gold with pastel-coloured freshwater pearls.
Ho Wing Man – The Gal Who Sold Tora
Exploring the dynamic shapes and forms of cultured pearls always drew me into jewellery making. Baroque pearls are my all-time favourite: their unique forms, flows and hues have inspired me to create lots of different things and to experiment with some innovative techniques as well. “The Flying Birdie” is my most elaborate piece, in which two baroque pearls in bird shapes hang as earrings. It is more than just jewellery; it also represents my enthusiasm for pearls with organic forms and my wish to be as free as a bird.
“The Little Creatures” collection is my focus in 2017. We found some pearls that were in the shapes of animals, and decided to turn them into our very lovely pieces.