Turquoise, coral and crystals are some of the materials you can expect from Ivy Tan’s intricate beaded jewellery.
She began her journey as a jewellery designer by stringing precious Swarovski crystals together with wire.
“I was trained as an engineer by profession and was working in the construction industry for more than 10 years in Singapore. With the fast-paced working environment there, I needed a hobby to keep me sane,” she said.
“I needed something to do that didn’t involve a computer screen, safety helmet and safety boots coated with mud. And since I always love jewellery I decided to pick up jewellery making so I could create my own and also make for others.”
With that same modesty in mind, but adding 10 years of experience behind her, she now weaves spectacular pieces together with expertise and precise design.
The Baulkham Hills resident and founder of Preciouz Piecez will display her dazzling beaded crafts and gifts at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair from June 22 to 25.
“Jewellery making is very therapeutic for me. It helps me relax and refocus. It boosts my creativity and the more I create, the more ideas I develop,” she said.
Meticulously crafted, Mrs Tan puts her heart and soul into her pieces and shares her knowledge through personalised jewellery making classes from her Baulkham Hills home. She also offers beading kits as a simple way to make your own charming piece.
I enjoy sharing my passion...it's something invaluable to me and sits very close to my heart.
“I enjoy sharing my passion while helping others learn,” she said.
“My clients tell me I have unbelievable patience and I am able to adapt my method to suit each person’s learning style.
“Seeing my clients succeed gives me a great sense of achievement. And because I run small classes with a maximum of four people, friendships are developed, class after class. It’s something invaluable to me and sits very close to my heart.”
Mrs Tan uses Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, semi-precious gemstones, lamp-worked glass, Czech glass and Venetian glass in her inventory of beautiful materials.
“I am inspired by Asian and foreign culture, bright and bold ethnic motifs,” she said. “I have always loved vintage and antique jewellery, even when I was in my 20s. I also get my inspiration from the colours of nature.”
- 9am-4pm, June 22-25, International Exhibition Centre ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour. Tickets and bookings: craftfair.com.au.