Name: Su Fen Tan
Website Link: ilmare-atelier.blogspot.com
Where are you located? Singapore
When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? Born and raised on a tiny tropical island in Southeast Asia, I’m grateful for the proximity to the lush greens of nature when most cities are monochromatic. I’m also fortunate to have many opportunities in my life to experience and learn about the various art forms and cultures of the world. My creative journey started a few years ago when I was learning to paint with oils. As time passed, I wanted to create art that could fit more easily into everyday life and that was how I began experimenting with gemstones and wire and my own line of handmade jewelry was born.
What do you make? Earrings, bracelets, necklaces in a variety of colors and hues from mauves and pinks (my favorite!) to violets and blues.
What materials and methods do you use? I’m amazed to discover the incredible variety of high quality materials available to jewelry designers! I use mainly semi-precious gemstones and pearls with goldfilled and sterling silver wires and love to create clusters from these using wirewrapping techniques. I’m looking forward to exploring more complex wirewrapping styles in the future.
Where do your design inspirations come from? It is hard to pin down a single source really. I could be inspired by a story, a painting, a piece of music, a poem, a bunch of flowers…inspirations manifest themselves in the most unexpected forms.
What is your best working environment/where is your studio? A section of my room is dedicated as my studio area where I work. I love to lay out my beads and sometimes ideas and inspirations develop on the spot as I pick and choose the gems.
Magazine articles or press: It has been my pleasure to be featured on: The Bright Side Project, Cuteable, and Handmade News.
Who are you a fan of? There are so many talented artisans out there and here is just to name a few whose works take my breath away – Iza Malczyk, Emily Gray of EmilyGrayJewels, Mgypsy, Magdalena.
Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: My favorite creation has to be this piece – Lavender Fields bracelet. I am a big fan of mauves and pinks and this bracelet is created from lavender amethyst and cherry red rhodolite and pink topaz. What touches my heart about this bracelet is the dash of sunshine yellow citrine which I felt help to bring the rest of the gems to life.