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Modern Jewelry Inspired By Peranakan Culture

March 02, 2021 4 min read

When we think of our unique melting pot of cultures, one of our most beloved is that of the Peranakans. With a history as brief as Singapore's, 'vintage' and 'heritage' design hardly dates back to more than a hundred years. The Baba-Nyonya (Straits-born Chinese) fusion of Malay and Chinese is however rich in her customs, history and along with that, her influence on contemporary jewelry.

What Simplicity Means to Us

February 22, 2021 3 min read

It’s easy to ignore the self-examination required in the pursuit of simplicity. It always feels easier, in the moment, to push forward and postpone thoughts of grief over a beloved item that no longer serves you. In a way, you are saying goodbye to the person you wanted to be or thought you were. 

Interweaving Threads Of Courage

November 18, 2020 2 min read

Things become precious when we choose to keep them. For me, one of those things was a small collection of quilting fabric collected from my early days of motherhood. It followed me in a box for 9 years, through 5 house moves, carrying hope in its unfinished state. It was the right time for it to finally be given new purpose. 

A Maker's Legacy

April 26, 2018 2 min read

As a little girl, I spent most of my days in the care of my maternal grandmother, my mama. I followed her everywhere like a shadow. I remember sitting amongst my grandaunts and mama, intrigued by their lively gossip in Baba Malay and secretly pleased by the fact that they had allowed me to listen in on their ‘inner circle' gossip.

It takes a Village - Building an Artisan Workspace (Part 2)

December 09, 2017 3 min read

Earlier I wrote about beginning the journey to incorporate the social mission of Eden + Elie into the heart of our business.  It has been months in the making, I'm a little late in telling the story.

I liken it to reaching a milestone experience and being too exhausted and caught up in the arrival of the "thing" to produce a coherent account.  In this case, the gestation period was almost 3 years.

Bringing Human-Centered Design Values into the Business of Fashion (Part 1)

June 17, 2017 2 min read

For the first year of Eden + Elie's life as a jewelry brand, we did not talk about our social mission.  For one thing, we were still assembling the pieces of what this would look like and we didn't want to talk about something that wemeantto do but hadn'tdone, or at least not at scale.

By Needle and Thread - how Sewing and Beading helped me cope with loss

December 29, 2016 3 min read

I come from a family of sewers.  My grandmother sewed.  My mother sews.  My aunt sews and now, I suppose I do too.

When I was 12, I learnt sewing from my grandmother while she was bedridden from cancer.  We had a simple embroidery project in school - back in the day when it was considered useful to teach girls needlework (an unrecognisable time in Singapore now).  

Jewelry For all of Life's Seasons

December 18, 2015 2 min read

Aside from the meaning it holds for me, the beauty of my bracelet’s story is that it does not have to bear the weight of lessons learned; it remains light, simple and clear of message. As I slip it back on my wrist, it whispers again: There is always more, there is always different. This journey now, this is the most important.