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Carrie K. Launches Word Collection At Second KEEPERS

January 30, 2012

Keepers II features artisans and their myriad passions: from food to design to poetry.

Singapore, Jan 30, 2012- In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Carrie K.’s second Keepers event will showcase people and things we love. Hosted by Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery, Keepers II is themed Aspects of Love and features artisans and their passions: art, design, champagne, dessert, poetry and, of course, jewellery.

A quarterly event, Keepers aims to bring together independent designers, artists and artisans with the people who love things produced the old-fashioned way – with time and care.

The second in a series, the showcase will be held on Saturday, 11th February from 2pm to 7pm at the Carrie K. Atelier at 136 Bukit Timah Road.

“Keepers was created to bring together independent artists and artisans, who are as passionate about their craft as we are, with people who value the passion and time taken to make things well,” said Carolyn Kan, founder and designer of Carrie K. “Keepers II features a mix of artisans who balance their corporate jobs with their passion and those who have taken the plunge to dedicate themselves fully to their passion.”

At the Keepers II showcase:
- Singapore jewellery designer and silversmith Carrie K. will launch her full Word collection – a jewellery collection comprising necklaces, bracelets and rings with words and sayings close to the heart of both designer and wearer. The collection will include options for customisation so that wearers can select words that are important to them.

- Fine art and design dealer, Wendy Lötter, a former corporate lawyer, will introduce works by two South African artists: Bronwen Vaughan-Evans and Lisa Firer.

• Bronwen Vaughan-Evans produces artwork with layers of gesso –a mixture of chalk and pigment – to allude to a “metaphorical weight beneath the surface of things.”

• Ceramic artist Lisa Firer works with high-fired porcelain to create unique, functional pieces of ceramic art that combine pattern and texture with the translucency and delicacy of porcelain. 

- Published poet Sanjay C Kuttan, an energy consultant, will do a reading of poetry from his book "Where Fires Rage" an anthology that records his reactions to the events, simple and dramatic, reflecting the concerns of his generation. 

- Pang Hian Tee of Lollapalooza Singapore will present a new selection of grower producer champagnes. A former marketing events executive whose first love is great food and wine, he also curates gourmet experiences via Lolla’s Secret Suppers. 

- Sandra Liao, an engineer by training who became a self-taught cook and baker and now runs online store Milkbar, will showcase a selection of homemade cakes, tarts, and preserves. Every batch is made small in honour of the slow food movement which believes in old fashioned, traditional methods in making food.

More on Carrie K’s Word Collection:
The collection is inspired by the phrase “my word is my bond” – from the original “a gentlemen’s word is as good as his bond.” In the modern day context, Word also means Truth or “to speak the truth”.

Comprising necklaces, bracelets and rings in Carrie K.’s signature silver, each item is engraved with a word or phrase that carries special meaning for its wearer. Apart from a readymade set of words selected from input into Carrie K.’s Facebook page, customised words are also available. Orders made at the showcase will be ready for collection on the 13th of February, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

This collection started with the WORD ring and, due to popular demand, has now been developed into a full collection of necklaces and bracelets that feature phrases that are meaningful to the wearer or giver. One might wear the words to remind them to be the person they want to be, or simply to make a statement.

“The Word collection aims to make people stop and think about a word or a phrase that is important enough to wear as a badge or declaration. Once that declaration is etched in metal, it becomes their truth,” said Carolyn. 

The collection is available at the Carrie K. Atelier. Located at 136 Bukit Timah Road, it is open every Saturday from 2 to 7pm and on weekdays by appointment only.


Fact Sheet: About the Artisans

About Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery:
Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery marries artisan crafted jewellery with an unconventional sense of beauty and elegant playfulness. Celebrating imperfection and rejoicing in what is real rather than what seems flawless, its collections are aimed at men and women who have a strong sense of self and express their individual style through the jewellery they wear. Each piece of jewellery is handcrafted the old way, with great time and care. Established in July 2009, Carrie K. won the ELLE Awards Jewellery Designer of the Year in 2010.

Carrie K. is available online at CarrieKRocks.com as well as several stockists in Singapore. For a complete list, please visit http://www.carriekrocks.com/CarrieK/Stockists.aspx

About Bronwen Vaughan-Evans:
Bronwen Vaughan-Evans received her Masters of Arts in Fine Arts in 1995 from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. She obtained her Higher Diploma in Education in 1998 from the University of South Africa. Her work is created using a process of layering light gesso on top of darker gesso to create a controlled surface in which the dark layer sits just beneath a thin, light skin and thereby alludes to a metaphorical weight beneath the surface of things (Vaughan-Evans draws onto the board once the gesso layers have been applied, before etching the top layer).The images reference objects and places from her immediate environment and are created by sanding / etching through the thin top layer to reveal the dark gesso beneath.

Bronwen’s works form part of prestigious public and corporate collections including The Durban Art Gallery, The Sasol Collection, The Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Standard Bank, as well as private collections in South Africa and internationally. Bronwen lives and works in Durban, South Africa where she lectures part-time at the Fine Art Department of the Durban University of Technology.

About Lisa Firer:
Lisa Firer is a South African ceramic artist who uses her quest for global mindfulness and her skill with high-fired porcelain to create unique functional ceramic art. Lisa’s porcelain candle cuffs are handcrafted using pressings from grasses and other flora indigenous to the Western Cape. Her Poetic Ceramic Candleholders combine words and poetry with the translucency and delicacy of high-fired porcelain.

Lisa is the recipient of numerous awards for ceramic art and design. Her works appear in permanent collections including The South African Cultural History Museum, George VI Gallery, Port Elizabeth, the Hollard Contemporary Art Collection and the Corobrik Ceramic Collection, Pretoria Art Museum. Lisa lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

About Wendy Lötter:
An avid collector of contemporary fine art, Wendy practiced as a corporate lawyer in the UK, the US and South Africa for 15 years before she founded Source 53, a fine art and design dealer based in Singapore. Focusing on contemporary African, Latin American and atypical Asian fine art and design, Source 53 represents select emerging artists and designers.

About Sanjay C Kuttan:
Sanjay C Kuttan was born in Malaysia and was inspired to the craft of poetry by his mother Rosaly Puthucheary with her first publication in 1979. He had his first poetry published when he was an undergraduate and spent most of his working life travelling while working for ExxonMobil and subsequently McKinsey & Company. In the late 90’s he linked up with Stazja McFadyen, editor and publisher of the Austin Poets at Large weekly e-newsletter. Thanks to the internet, Sanjay’s poetry was able to reach a larger audience. Encouraged by Stazja, he continued to write and was published locally as well as abroad in various publications. His first collection in 2009, "Where Fires Rage" is an anthology that reflects his consciousness of the world, being a privileged witness to both the brutality and beauty that surrounds him. He continues to write and challenges himself to constantly point to the place where flowers bloom and fires rage side by side.

About MilkBar and Sandra Liao:
MilkBar is an online store which sells homemade cupcakes, tarts, sauces and preserves. Every batch is made small in honour of the slow food movement which believes in old fashioned, traditional methods in making food. Only the best and freshest ingredients go into our food, creating food meant to be savoured not eaten.

Sandra Liao is an engineer by training but a self-taught cook and baker. She is a connoisseur of good food and believes that cooking is creative as well as scientific; only through understanding of your ingredients can you bring them together to create a piece of art. She is also a perfectionist, and takes pride in being meticulous and always seeking that perfect balance in flavour, texture and smell.

About Lollapalooza:
Lollapalooza is a purveyor of exquisite champagnes, and curator of fine wines and gourmet experiences. We believe in people who are passionate and proud of their trade, and celebrate these heroes that are uncompromising on quality.



Ring Size Chart
 Inner Circumference Carrie K. Size/ US, Canada, Mexico UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand Italy, Spain, Netherlands France Germany
46.8 mm 4 H 6.75 46 1/2 15
48 mm 4.5 I 8 47 3/4 15 1/4
49.3 mm 5 J 1/2 9.25 49 15 3/4
50.6 mm  5.5 K 1/2 10.5 50 1/4 16
51.9 mm 6 L 1/2 11.75 52 3/4 16 1/2
53.1 mm 6.5 M 1/2 13.25 54 17
54.4 mm 7 N 1/2 14.5 55 1/4 17 1/4