Copyright 2013, Michele Hu d.b.a.
A.k.a. Michele Hu, metalsmith.
Started in 2005 in NYC (the city I was born and raised). Still made in NYC, with added production in Lahaina (Napili!).
The production is small run, since I do over 90% of the process- designing, wax carving, benchwork, stone selection, settings, assembly, and finishing. This is why there is no fast design/production schedule of 5-6 lines per year. There used to be, but I learned that the prolific commercial way dilutes my design ideas. Also, the family life keeps me away from the long bench hours. The tradeoff is worthy to me- slower developed designs that stay interesting for a longer time. Less consumption, more satisfaction! I do 1-2 lines per year now.
Inspiration over the years:
2005- Gypsy, Sergei Parajanov
2006- 1700's Baroque, Catholic Church icons, Armenian folk
2007- Reptiles, Marine life
2008- William Morris, Rudolf Nureyev, Seeds, Water in dripping/dropping forms
2009- Spikes, tendrils, and tentacles in nature
2010- West African tribal (Dan), lava, pitted fruit
2011- Waves, Caterpillars, Jellyfish
2012- Biology, Cells, and Pods
2013- Logarithmic and Archimedian spirals, Fractals, Ferdinand the Bull, Mother Russia, Himalayan painted art motifs
2014- Bumps and Lumps
2015- Rocks, Flowers, Honolua, Noodles
2016- Joints, Points, Feet, Mervin Peake
2017- Holes, Crevices, the absence of a quality that defines the subject's essence
2018- Coming soon! Tree knots, Fujiko Shiraga
Individuals- Please email me. Or go on Etsy. Find me in a boutique in NY or HI area. If you can't find me, ask!
Retailers- Please send email/fax request for price list & line sheets.
6 months full refund/exchange from date of purchase for undamaged jewelry.