Friday, February 19, 2010

Inspiration for the dewdrop series

The dew drops – bezel-set sapphires and other assorted gemstones dotted with tiny silver drops - have become a signature look of the label, and it features greatly in many of our designs, bespoke and ready-to-wear. What many people don’t know is that I first got my inspiration of the dewdrops from the hill tribe artisans.

Back in early 2009, when we first ventured into doing ready-to-wear pieces, we were working almost exclusively with the hilltribe artisans. The artisans do wonderful textured silver pieces, and they work as bare canvases for us to draw on. We wanted something organic and asymmetrical, in line with our design philosophy, and thus the choice for dewdrops seem to emerge naturally and easily. These embellishments were almost always placed toward the side of the silver pieces (as opposed to the middle) as they seemed like natural, almost-quirky embellishments of the jewellery, without detracting from the hilltribe artisans’ base canvas of textured silver work.

Thus, it is with great sentiment that we launch the hilltribe dew drop series again, this time with slightly more sophisticated detailing – stronger textures and more unique silver shapes.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about my work with the hilltribe artisans and sharing about hilltribe culture in general. In the meantime, they're available for purchase at Cate and Tang+Co Singapore; in addition, there's a 15% discount off hilltribe pieces till end-March 2010.

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