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Underneath It All Is A Natural Beauty Part II (Q&A With Kerrie Yeung)

Wednesday 31 July 2013

 A continuation from an article found here, I am intrigued to find out more about the designer behind the Originals Collection. Kerrie Yeung kindly took time out from her busy schedule to answer quickfire questions.

1. What made you aspire to become a jewellery designer?
During my first year at RISD, I was still trying to figure out which craft I really wanted to get into. When I took an introduction to jewelry class,I knew I found it. I loved using my hands to create very detailed, intricate work. I was also attracted to the sentimentality of jewelry. People give jewelry to commemorate special occasions and milestones, and I wanted to be a part of that in some way.  Most people think of jewelry as just an accessory, but I think jewelry is more than that and can serve as a daily reminder of a wonderful memory.

2.Your Originals Collection is well-loved by those who came across your jewellery. What do you think made you stand out from other jewellery designers?
There’s a lot of work out there right now that subscribe to the idea that bigger or more is better, and there’s definitely a place for that. But I tend to gravitate towards simple and classic shapes, so my work reflects that minimalist sensibility.

3. What was the hardest thing you have to overcome in the industry
Personally, finding your own voice can be difficult. In terms of business aspects, the hurdles will always be getting a firm grasp of the market and knowing how to get your work out there.

4. Jewellery tends to have a variety of audience it caters to. Describe the person wearing one of your jewellery. Who could they be?
I created this collection for the person who really appreciates simple but well-made things. Someone who believes in quality over quantity, and is looking for refined, handmade staples that she can wear everyday.

5.The jewellery industry is progressive and constantly coming up with new ideas and trends. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In 5 year, I see myself still creating and expanding collections that hopefully inspire people. I’d like to see the Originals Collection in 5 years and still find it relevant. I appreciate new ideas and love innovation, but I’m also a bit traditional, so I want to create timeless pieces.

6. Are there any advice you could give to young upstarts in the jewellery industry?
I’m still working on this myself, but don’t be afraid to share your work with people. They want to know what you’re up to! And it’s always great to get an outside perspective.

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