Yen has been a creative soul since high school, but the moment when she turned her craftsmanship into a full time work was, when it dawned on her in the last year of university, she is just not cut out for office work - but the office is where she might end up if she doesn't act fast.
So she combined her innate interest in minerals, insects and handicrafts to send her spirit on a creative journey. A leap of faith if you like, that took place by the end of 2018.
The heart of Yen's creations is micro macramé - a technique to make jewellery from string and hundreds, if not thousands of tiny, little knots. Embedded in this intricate knotwork lie semi-precious stones: rose quartz, labradorite, lapis lazuli, picture jasper and you name them.
This is another speciality of Yen: She really knows her stones, from the scientific point of view as well as the spiritual.
All her products are made by her own hands, from prototyping, the actual creation of the item until package design.
Personally, I like micro macramé jewellery, but what really strikes a chord with me are her beadwork/bead embroidered bugs, moths and spiders. The shiny colours really bring these insect brooches to life like no other.
I hope our insect lovers find this article and the beaded insects in our shop, because they deserve to be seen and recognized.
So, whether you are interested in Yen's micro macramé jewellery or bead-embroidered moths and spiders, feel free to visit us this spring/summer at Avanova/RealiTea, Schallmooser Hauptstraße 21, Salzburg!
Here you can see in images, how a beautiful micro macramé collier comes into existence:
In our series of articles "From Hand to Heart" we would like to introduce not only ourselves with our little tea house and concept store in Salzburg, but also our partners in Vietnam, Italy and Austria. Because we believe that hand- and heartmade products are worth to be seen and recognized for their quality, value and sustainability.
A few more impressions
|Avanova and RealiTea|
Avanova Design stands for handmade fashion jewellery, bags and accessories. Our physical shop RealiTea however is not only an ethnic boutique in Salzburg, but especially a tea house where you can enjoy a pot of excellent tea in our cozy corner.
Artisan jewelry from vegetable tanned leather, embossed and hand painted by Dewdrop of Honey.
|Hand embroidered hair accessories|
While the spring flowers are blooming in the forest and in the garden, our shop is in full bloom too! Hand embroidered, floral hair accessories from our partners in Vietnam.
|Tadu: Turning old jeans into trendy fashion items|
Tham and her progressive label Tadu Bag are right on time to lead towards a bright and cool fashion epoch. In this story I want to tell you how she escaped the daily grind and stepped on the adventurous path of slow fashion.
|The stunning art of the Hmong people|
The Hmong are highlanders from the North of Vietnam. Their traditional costumes follow an old and very complex formula of weaving, indigo wax batik and embroidery. Knowledge passed on through generations.
|Awakening old jeans to new life|
How to implement a business model, be creative at the same time, develop beautiful products and even do something beneficial for the environment? I think the artists from Atelier MeJe are on the right track!
|Handmade micro macramé jewellery and shimmering insects|
Let me introduce Yen with her wonderful micro macramé jewellery and her shimmering insects, made in bead embroidery technique.