A custom green tea leaves design exclusively for Waiākea.
The origin of our drinking water begins with rain.
As raindrops fall, each drop differs in weight, but is roughly the same shape. It is only when it strikes a surface that it changes into its unique, individualized, amorphous shape. Rain hitting the earth’s surface also begins the infiltration process of the hydrolic cycle that will eventually become our drinking water.
Kanilehua in Hawaiian means “the sound of rain as it hits the lehua groves of Hilo.” These earrings are inspired by the moment when a raindrop strikes a surface. Each earring shape is unique, just as every raindrop is.
green tea leaves is handcrafted, cut, shaped, and finished with a lightly hammered texture.
A note from the artist:
simple, architectural, and minimal metal from honolulu, hawaii.
I am an architect by trade, handcrafting simple and minimal jewelry in 14k gold fill and solid sterling silver.
As an architect, I am drawn to simple lines and strong shapes. There is also a strong relationship with us and our materiality and respecting the inherent qualities in them, so I keep a raw, organic edge to all of my pieces with natural cut gemstones and hammered finishes.
Architects always make sure buildings are comfortable to the human scale and take particular notice to everything at a touchable level. I am also greatly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of "wabi-sabi" - the beauty of imperfection and naturalness. Thus, each of my pieces are finished to showcase its handcrafted process: hand cut, shaped, hammered, and polished.
Jewelry design and metalsmithing is such a tactile and malleable medium that I love so much. The dichotomy of it calls for a great deal of precision and timing and is limited to the physical properties of metal and heat, but at the same time is so completely open to your imagination. It is also incredibly satisfying to be able to create a concrete form of the images floating around in my mind.
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