"Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender" - Alice Walker
Thank you Pinkoi for the interview and the recent feature!
CHN ver: https://www.pinkoi.com/magz/9fXGp5GM
ENG ver: https://www.pinkoi.com/magz/ZKQtsQYq
P.S. Pinkoi is the largest handmade marketplace in Taiwan
Tree Craft Diary: 來自印尼的天然石創意首飾 Natural Stone Creative Jewelry from Indonesia
Q: What is the meaning behind Tree Craft Diary?
A: By utilizing one of the earth materials – natural gemstone, Tree Craft Diary emphasizes their natural characteristics, embraces the fusion of fashion and nature, thus, creatively crafts them with unique attributes to create jewelry with a story.
My brand’s style is unique yet fun, one-of-a-kind style. I believe the unusual beauties speak for themselves. I hope my brand can bring joy and happiness, as well as deliver the message inside each product to the wearer.
Q: How is your journey on becoming a designer?
A: In 2008, I gained a Bachelor of Art majoring in industrial design at a design university in Malaysia. Worked as a product designer in Singapore, I let my creative juice kept flowing. Day by day, all the ideas were poured into a diary and eventually, in 2012, I took a step forward to design jewelry accessories for unique seekers who adore the art of nature. A label Tree Craft Diary then was born.
Q: What do you think a good design is?
A: I think design is something that can pleases us, something that can makes us happy. When we adore at specific design, we are being connected with the product, as well as with the designer’s mind.
As a designer, the most interesting about design is we can put a story or message while designing a product. And sometimes, people do understand what the story or the message is, only by looking at the design.
Q: Please share your creative process
A: Like the branches of a lush tree, inspiration never comes to end. I keep evolving and designing various styles of jewelry accessories in contemporary way. I hand-pick each gemstone and hunt for intriguing materials over the world to add fresh sparks to my latest lines.
Q: What is the most interesting facts about gemstones?
A: Gemstones are so fascinating! Their colors, properties, myths, and legends are diverse and enchanting. According to folklore and stories throughout history, many gemstones are thought to offer mystic healing to its wearer. For example of some popular stones:
Q: What would you do if you have no inspiration?
A: When I have no inspiration or stuck, I would just stop doing on that particular thing, refresh my mind and move on to the other task. Surprisingly, every time I took a step back, I can think clearer and gain better resolutions to come back and get it done!
Q: Can you share with us your favorite creation?
A: Angel of Love and Ice Age are two of my favs!
- A sweet-looking “Angel of Love” is crafted from Rose Quartz – the stone of love and angel’s wing charm. Lovely isn’t it?
- While the movie inspired “Ice Age” is made of raw Aquamarine stone with small elephant charm. I love that ice-look stone and the cool-color combination.
Q: Lastly, if you could sum your experience in one sentence to encourage young designers, what would it be?
A: We all learn by doing. Don’t wait until your idea is “perfect” to start it. Trust your gut, take the first step and put it up to the world. You’ll see how it blooms.
Here comes the month of February and Valentine's day! 💗
For the past years, I've always created two separate collections for both themes - Febmethyst that features Amethyst as February birthstone, and another special Valentine's day collection. This year, I'd like to combine these two and make a fusion set which I named as [ Love, Guardian ].
[ Love, Guardian ] - A beautiful collection that features the most well-known healing crystals: purple Amethyst as the official February birthstone, and pink Rose Quartz a.k.a the love stone to celebrate the sweet Valentine's day.
:: AMETHYST ::
Peace - Balance - Serenity - Meditation - Intuition - Self-Awareness
Amethyst crystals are exceptional for providing spiritual protection, inner strength and clarity of mind, making them a classic meditation tool. Meditating with them can help you to become more in tune with our feelings, helping you to get to know yourself on a much deeper level. It also stimulates the Crown Chakra and calms your thoughts, making it a powerful aid in meditation.
:: ROSE QUARTZ ::
Love - Balance - Tranquility - Compassion - Protection - Self-Discipline
A symbol of gentle love and beauty, Rose Quartz speaks directly to the Heart Chakra. It dissolves emotional wounds, fears, resentments and circulates a divine loving energy throughout the entire aura. Reawakening the heart to its own innate love, it provides a deep sense of personal fulfillment and contentment, allowing one of the capacity to truly give and receive love from others.
Both are the best-known crystals for general healing. Rose Quartz works very well in combination with Amethyst, and is capable of soothing the Amethyst’s energies. The benefits that Amethyst is bringing to the spirit, Rose Quartz can deliver to the heart.
Here’s the list of FULL MOON in 2017.
Bookmark these dates and do remember to cleanse your crystals periodically.
Sharing this little tips that I read from Crystal Guidance.
By the word “cleanse” it means an energetic cleansing, not a physical one. When we work with a crystal, it can absorb some of the negative energy and change its vibrational frequency. You want to help them get their energy and vibrational frequency back to its original perfect state.
To do so, put your crystal jewelry, pendants and bracelets that you wear all the time (or new pieces that you just bought) on a tray and leave them outside to cleansing or re-tuning crystals in the moonlight. If you can’t put them outside, you can put them in front of your window where moonlight can come into. The energy is still around us. Bring them inside in the morning.
It’s okay if you can’t put them out on the day of the full moon. The lunar energy is at its strongest for three days. The day before, the day of the full moon, and the day after. You can put them out any of those three days. Check out this link to know the exact dates for full moon calendar.
P.S. Crystals love moonlight!
Learn more about cleansing and re-tuning your crystals with Full Moon energy.
I'm excited to introduce these new items inspired from Pantone Color of the Year 2017: Greenery
Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world. Souce: Pantone
Below two items are made of yellowish-green Peridot stone chips to mimic the Color of the Year 2017. The fresh lime gem is also the official birthstone of August, and the 16th anniversary gemstone. Perhaps one of them will inspire you to add Peridot to your jewelry collection.
P.S. Peridot is the "Stone of Protection and Guidance”. It clears outside negative influences, helps one to understand one's destiny and spiritual purpose. Peridot is a healer's stone, energetically propelling one toward spiritual truth, clarity and well-being. Physically it releases pain and strengthens the metabolism.
I'd like to introduce my good friend, Yaching Lan from Taiwan, who does handmade leather products - under her brand: TzaBa 喳吧. We first known each other three years ago when we participated in a handmade market in Macau, also we've been together to Japan to participate Design Festa in Tokyo last year (blog post here). On my trip to Taiwan last month, I visited her studio in Keelung. I couldn't help but to share this lovely space with you...
Her studio fills with rustic rural ambiance (she loves vintage things!) with all wooden furniture and the smell of genuine leathers. The neat and minimalist interior accompanied by soft music playing, makes the atmosphere even more cozy. It's definitely a small space full of warmness and laughter.
TzaBa utilizes genuine leather to create lifestyle products such as: card holders, bracelets, books, notebooks, keychains, vase decorations, stationery cases, variety of bags and many more creative goods. The main principal behind the brand is to use leftover leathers as the main media, retaining the original look of leathers, without wasting any parts to make the most out of it to craft them into freestyle design products.
Once in a while, TzaBa also holds mini DIY classes for people who would like to make something for themselves. Items to be made could be arranged by Yaching, or based from customer's needs.
One of the most favorite items is the keychain for charity. Made of leftover leather slices, customers are welcome to choose the pieces they like and Yaching will stamp the words they requested. All revenues from these keychains will be donated to charity association in Taiwan. Isn't that great? I'm touched by her sincere intention, thus, ordered some pieces for Christmas gifts to you (check my previous post where I show how I combined with stones and charms, and how to get one for free).
Yaching is the most calm and polite woman I know! If you happen to go to Keelung, you might as well visit her studio and have a chit chat with her!
Address: 臺灣基隆市中正區義一路154號 / No.154, Yi 1st Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Keelung City 202, Taiwan
Open time: Mon-Sat. 13:00-18:00 (by reservation)
Line: tzaba / Ph: +886 921 802 146
TzaBa 喳吧 MISSION:
Christmas is just around the corner! How exciting! =D
This year, I'd like to encourage you to GIVE A GIFT to special women in your life, to show how much you appreciate them! They could be your Mom, Sister, Best Friend, Colleague, Employee or even your Boss! #BeASanta
And so I've curated this XMAS SPECIAL GIFT GUIDE for you as reference:
To make your shopping experience even more exciting, I've prepared limited stocks of special handmade keychain FOR FREE when you purchase any 2 or more items! These keychains are made of combination of free-form genuine leather (provided by Tzaba – my lovely friend from Taiwan who does handmade leather craft products), Ruby Zoisite, star-shaped Opalite, red Coral, tassel and Christmas-related charm.
That is my gift for you ^^ *valid only for December purchase, or until free gift stocks last
Start your Christmas shopping now! 🎁🎁🎁
Need help in searching for a gift?
Browse more items or don't hesitate to drop me an email and I'll help you in any way I can!
LAST ORDER DATES FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS 2016 TO ARRIVE IN TIME:
- For the US, Canada, EU, Middle East countries: November 21st / EMS Fast Shipping: December 16th
- For Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand: December 9th / EMS Fast Shipping: December 19th
- For Indonesia: December 19th / Post Express: December 21st
P.S. I offer FREE gift wrapping service for you who want to purchase as gifts. Upon checking out, under "Note to Seller", please indicate that your purchased is for GIFT, clearly state recipient address and you may leave your personal message in the provided box. I’ll take care your message, gift wrapping and send the item directly to the gift recipients.
P.P.S. Special thanks to my Hong Kong friend – YeungDraw 啊羊繪記, who provided me with the above cute Santa Sheep illustration! ;)
亞洲手創展 Pop Up Asia - the first 4-days handmade market fair held by Campobag in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei - Taiwan, November 17th - 20th, 2016. There are 111 participated brands come from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and local Taiwan. Although I didn't set up this time, but I am amused and very excited to be here, visited old friends, made new friends and had a nice talk with the artists. After all, thank you 小麥 and Campobag for inviting me. :)
So here I share some creative brands along with their products that catch my eyes. Feel free to follow them and get to know the artists!
DO DO HANDMADE
Do Do Handmade encourages people to love and protect the animals. They make ceramic bowls with hand drawn animal silhouettes whispering to each other. www.facebook.com/mydodohandmade
Anadou from Tainan makes these lovely wooden dolls with workable jointing system. They create really amazing products and designs made from wood. Do check their page: www.facebook.com/AnadouMuZuo
For you who love photography and travelling! Jouer8 creates assorted type of pattern straps and more others camera accessories. They produce all their products with great quality materials. I have one for myself! www.jouer8.com
MY MINI ME 我的迷你我
Pei Pei from Taichung hand-made all these whimsical plush toys with combination of fabrics, laces and other vintage findings. This was her very first handmade fair with carousel (merry-go-round) as her booth theme. Apparently, it is different with other common carousel which usually full of horses and other animals. Hers are empty! The animals are all escaped to the outside world in which you may see - her doll creations. www.facebook.com/myminime520
BJ ART VILLAGE 小房子装可愛手作村
So many cute little houses and mushrooms handmade from ceramics pottery, designed by Black and Jennifer. My favorite! www.facebook.com/bjartvillage
From and for dog lovers. Wei Ni, the artist, makes these detailed sculptures, figurines, candles, illustrations, postcards, pins, and many others related to bulldogs and friends. www.facebook.com/maggerdog
Mu Liang Zuo from Tainan provides interesting DIY classes to teach us the fusion materials between wood and brass. Look at those one-of-a-kind spoons! Next time I go to Tainan, I will definitely take their one-day experience class! www.facebook.com/muliangzuo
My friend, Nana from Singapore. She brings along Fio - the bunny and friends to meet their new owners. Not only amigurumi and plush toys, she also makes 3d printing bunny head rings in variety of colors. Hot and popular items! www.roomism.net
HANDMADE KOREA 핸드메이드코리아
12 creative artists from Korea came to Taiwan and made cultural exchange with the local. I'm very happy to meet Ms. Kim Urah 김유라 대표님, CEO of Handmade Korea whom I met when participating Handmade Korea Fair this past July. www.handmadekorea.co.kr
My new Korean friends, pop-up 3d book artist group: Yoon-Sangji 윤상지 with her carousel drawings and remarkable 11-pages 3d pop-up books. Kwon-Oin 권오인 with her happiness blue bird illustrations made to video tape-like book. Ahn-Yeunhea 안윤헤 who makes impressive changing masks and other Korean culture pop-up drawings. All works are purely hand-drawn and hand-cut! cafe.naver.com/chaekjitgi
Using natural ingredients, Hanaduri creates beautiful cake shape soaps a.k.a. cake for bathroom. Not only soaps, she also makes home decor related products, such as: candles, diffusers, souvenirs and gifts. www.hanaduri.net
Naldak by The Ceramic Studio was founded in Gyeonggi-do, Korea in 2003. Naldak sets goal to save others in danger as a hero. Naldak wears a magic cloak or masks, holds a shield and acts like all kinds of cool heroes in the world. Naldak always in the search of new possibility and dreams of creative challenges. www.naldak.kr
A corner that always full of people! They are Maker's Base from Japan, the No. 1 membership-based workshop in Tokyo which contains more than 100 kinds of equipment in a wide range of handmade fields. www.makers-base.com
The happy fluffy companions from Hong Kong. In the world of hopnbounce, it lives a group of lovely animals that are loved and spoiled. They are free to do anything and they always hop and bounce happily. Their life is all about eat, play, sleep and providing unconditional love. This is the world where pets live forever and accompany their owners for life. www.hopnbounce.com
LITTLE POUPEES & EVANGELIONE
"Every doll has a little piece of my heart, so they all have a little little tiny heart, to care and to love."
They are doll makers from Malaysia: Little Poupees www.littlepoupees.com and Evangelione www.evangelione.com
More brands can be browsed at Pop Up Asia website. It is the perfect platform to gather all handmade lovers. Take time to stop by and chat with the artists, and you can feel the enthusiasm and positive energy around them. Try to understand the meaning behind their stories and you can appreciate more their one-of-a-kind works. From handmade makers, to handmade lovers.
Hello! I'll be out of town (off to Taiwan) for two weeks.
Order that is placed between November 8th-23rd, will be shipped THE LATEST on November 24th, 2016 (as I bring along some selected items and won't be able to ship them until I come back).
But don’t worry! You can still place your order as usual, and I'll let you know if it can be shipped within 1-3 days or to be delayed. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for questions! I will respond to you asap. Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!
If you have anything that you'd like to purchase, please place your order before Tuesday so that I can prepare the shipment soon. Thank you!
P.S. Stalk my Instagram for my daily update in Taiwan! I'm going to visit several fashion and craft fairs and will post anything fun I found there. ^^
And oh, before I forgot, here's the list of last order dates for CHRISTMAS GIFTS 2016 to arrive in time:
- November 21st (for the US, Canada, EU and Middle East countries)
- December 9th (for Asia Pacific, Australia and New Zealand)
- December 19th (for Indonesia)
Start your Christmas shopping soon! The earlier the better! 😉
Hello and welcome!