Passion / Mastery / Thinking Things Over

“If your heart is not in it, get out of it or change it” -Sue Bryce If one’s heart is not in it, It’s impossible to give one’s all for it . . . To spend many hours doing it . . . “Masters are incredibly passionate and emotional people who just love to do…

The Importance of Being Distinct

To be outstanding, one needs to be different And to be different, one needs to embrace his/her uniqueness Unfortunately, Some people might consider certain distinct qualities as weirdness And so, in order to avoid rejections and humiliation, One might decide to keep one’s distinct qualities hidden And thus, stay in obscurity . . . The…

Objectivity, Gratefulness, and Taking Calculated Risks

Each night, before I sleep, I make it my habit to list all the things I can be grateful about. It helps me to see my life in a more objective manner. It’s too easy for me to focus on the things that went wrong. Although it’s good for me to spend some time finding…

Improvisation

Some people might think that I am wearing 2 pieces of bracelets . . . But . . . These two parts of the bracelet are actually connected. The chunky strap of beads (the one with the toggle clap) functions as the bangle’s wrist harness. Its main function is to prevent the bangle from falling…

Sculptural Jewelry, Contemporary Beadwork, and Jewelry Making

I’ve been obsessed with learning to create sculptural beadwork jewelry. Ever since I received my copy of Kate McKinnon‘s Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, I’ve been spending most of my free time learning the basic principles taught in the book and adapting them so I can create my own designs. Here’s an example: I started by learning…

Awed by Iris van Herpen’s Works

Such craftmanship & out of the box ideas. Her works makes me to aspire to become a better artist … To ignore limitations and bring a concept into reality … And to create the best things I can. ~0O0~ Often, I worry too much about the wearability and the production cost of the item I…

Ciate Velvet Manicure (Review)

I saw this product at Sephora the other day and found it intriguing. I was a little skeptical at first; but, then, I read the the instruction on how to achieve velvet-like the effect on the back of the manicure kit’s box. Since the method sounds very much like how fabric manufacturers produce flock (…

One of my latest works – an Avant Garde ( High Fashion ) Knotted Chain Maille Statement Necklace with Oversized Swarovski Stones

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active. To see more pictures of this necklace, please visit my Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/AngelicaBrigade ) This piece is extremely lightweight for its size. As usual, the piece is made using Blue Buddha Boutique premium anodized…

.:: talent is overrated ::. my design process .:: a day in life ::.

Thousands of jump rings in various sizes strewn all over the table Along with ribbons, Swarovski crystal pearls, strips of fabrics, metal findings I know I’d been sitting here for hours Using 3 different sets of pliers, I’ve been weaving the jump rings, taking them apart, changing the sizes of the jump rings I used,…

An Unusual Oversized Floral Headpiece with Large Swarovski Center Piece

Style name: Emme. Original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade. Dimensions: – The base’s diameter: Approx. 5″ (12.75 cm) – Overall height: Approx. 2.5″ (6.5 cm) – The roses’ diameter: Approx. 2″ (5 cm) – The flower’s height: Approx. 1.5″ (3.75 cm) tall. – The braided embellishment’s longest point: Approx. 1.5″ (4 cm) away from…

My Most Current Work: One of a Kind Mixed Media Wearable Art Necklace

A one-of-a-kind mixed-media wearable art necklace featuring a handmade, hand-painted, and then glazed polymer clay sculpture with several Swarovski bicone crystals embedded into it … and painted , distressed, & burnt silk organza. Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade DIMENSIONS: – Overall length: Approx. 18″ (46.5 cm) – Overall width: Approx. 3.5″ (9 cm)…