Shimin’s inspiration for the Bricks of Hope collection was drawn from the scene of homes collapsing due to bombing in Cambodia during the period of war. Cambodia was a safe, prosperous and peaceful place, but peace was disrupted with horror and fear as the bombing and genocide began. Close to three decades after war began in Cambodia, when Cambodia was finally liberated, the scene of its city and countrysides were filled with air of dust and graves. Buildings were blown and shattered, and blood was shed. The hope in their days seemed dim as the people prayed for hope.
But the burst of colour in the bright orange silk inlay in the collapsing bricks symbolizes the hope for reconstruction as communities across the world lend a helping hand.
This necklace is made of brass from war remnants, and is plated in rhodium. It features an orange-gold inlay. The pendant measures 4x9cm and the chain measures 42cm.
Shimin, a Temasek Polytechnic Year 2 student pursuing a Diploma in Apparel Design and Merchandising (Major in Retail and Visual Merchandising).
To Shimin, design has no boundaries. She believes that a designer is never limited to the familiar and should always be versatile. Shimin's style and aesthetic is tailored to the young, feminine lady. She is inspired by everyday things around us, and is a strong believer of quality and practicality. Her design ethic is to ensure that it grows with you through any occasion, season and time.
Makara is 25 years old and an artisan at our partner NGO workshop: Fileo in Cambodia. He started working with Fileo since 2004, and enjoys stone setting and using his creativity, skills and talents to create new models of jewelry. His work as a silversmith not only gives him employment, but enables him to provide for his family. His dream is to open a shop in his home province. We salute his entrepreneurial spirit!