Friday, January 23, 2015

Build A Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques, Coral Law of ab:coraldesign, Part One

Old Stone Carving - taken at Confectious Temple in Suzhou, 2013

Thanks for dropping by. I'm Coral Law of ab:coral design. I can't wait to share with you the first blog of the Build a Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques. This is part one of the Build a Line series of blog hops, where I will tell you about myself and my design path, and why I decided to be part of this challenge.   The challenge is really a master class of sorts, and will span three months and there will be three hops, total.  We have 55 participants.   All of us will be working hard to create a cohesive line of jewelry and share our design process together.   At the end, we will develop a complete line of jewelry with a minimum of five pieces all in our chosen style. As a no-specific-style designer, it's really a challenge for me. 

Why do I make jewelry?
I used to buy jewelry from local shops. Once I bought a necklace for almost USD100. Not soon after, instead of feeling satisfied, I felt disappointed as I found that the materials are not very good and it's properly mass produced in factory. Then I decided to make my own jewelry. 
Here is my first design with some found objects and old buttons. Even I have been creating different styles for the past few years, my love to my first design never changes. 

Though the challenge has been announced for a while, I did not have the motivation to join as I thought I would not have time. But I need to move and think forward. We are all busy at least that's what we always tell ourselves. Time can be manged so just be brave and step up. This challenge also gives me a chance to think how to make jewelry in a cohesive way and express more about myself. 

About my concept for this challenge

The concept of my line is very simple. I am planning to engrave Chinese characters on Bsue findings to make mostly symmetric or asymmetric earrings. The Chinese characters I am going to use are not some popular or random words. I pick the words based on my feelings towards things happening in the world. In the past few months, there were many sad news happened around the world while people were frighting for themselves. Therefore, the first word came to my mind (or this concept came to my mind) is "和平" which means peace. If we change the way to read this word, it becomes "平和" which means calm. If everyone is calm, peace is achievable. 

Another meaning of this line is the combination of handcrafted Chinese characters and USA made stampings. Open up one's mind to accept different culture is also a key to have harmonious world.

Here is the process of making the first pair of earrings. 


However, the stampings I am going to use may be random. This is something I need to work on during the journey. If you want to join my journey, please sign up my newsletter or follow me on facebook, instagram and twitter. 

Before you leave, check out other participants of this challenge. 

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
1. Marcia Tuzzolino
2. Jann Tague
3. Judy King
4. Linzi Alford
5. Cynthia Wainscott
6. Carole Carlson
7. Lynn Stinten
8. Marica Zammit
9. Catherine Shattuck
10. Michaele Collie
11. Mary Craig
12. Lee Koopman
13. Erin Whitacre
14. Monica Casady
15. Leila West
16. Cindy Peterson
17. Leila Belcher
18. Gloria Allen
19. Pamela Anger
20. Tammy Adams
21. Lynda O'Mara
22. Elizabeth Hildreth
23. Dana Hickey
24. Janet Calardo
25. Maria Clark
26. Lori Beekman
27. Jennifer Kroeger
28. Amy Jorgensen
29. Robin Reed
30. Ingrid Anderson
31. Louise O'Shields
32. Susan Killam
33. Mary Katherine Deis
34. Nike Bottalico
35. Susan Bowerman
36. Kristy Le
37. Jan Peters
38. Mitzie Crider
39. Gina Hockett
40. Linda Anderson
41. Alexandra Sefton
42. Melida Boman
43. Teresa Shurter
44. Melissa Latimer
45. Renee Hong
46. Nadine Edris
47. Lori Meyer
48. Jennifer Merrill Williams
49. Denise Lussier Poirier
50. Renee Allen
51. Autumn Adams
52. Elizabeth Owens
53. Kat BarronMiller
54. Sandra Ballard
55. Coral Law
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Why Pearl?

It's timeless.

"Pearls used in Edwardian jewelery were used to symbolize purity, wisdom, honesty, and integrity, and Edwardian jewelers and fashion designers loved them for their understated elegance and their natural beauty. Pearls worked perfectly with the popular motifs of the day that included styles adapted from the ancient Greek, Roman, and French Baroque periods of history. Pearl jewelry could be seen throughout the courts of King Edward of England, and on the wives and daughters of the newly wealthy railroad and automobile barons in the United States." selected from Beading Daily.

I have been selling all sorts of high quality pearl jewelry to my friends and relatives. I am glad they all love it. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tassel earrings

Not many people can carry tassel earrings unless you have a very special character and style. I made a pair of yellow tassel earrings a while ago and put it on my etsy shop. One day, they were sold and later I found that my customer is a very talented jazz singer Deborah Bond. She is very kind and sweet. From her instagram, I found she was doing a lot to empower women. I feel so blessed to meet such a great person. Later, she ordered more tassel earrings. 

Here are some pictures her wear the tassel earrings. 

She has even ordered some for her friend.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Monday, January 05, 2015

Haven't updated my blog for a long time since I left Hong Kong. From time to time, I miss my hometown where it has my best memory. Every time I come back, I see more new and less old buildings. Development is necessary for keeping the economy but the change does make me sad. This picture was taken at To Kwang Wan when I was waiting for the airport bus. This district is undergoing a big renovation. Very soon, it will be totally different.

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