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Michelle Oh studio

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Behind every giggle there’s a Michelle, we used to say, back in our Foundation Degree at CSM seven years ago. 19 year old kids, fresh out of highschool, fresh off the plane dressed in ‘uni clothes’ picked by our mothers while in diapers ready to poop crayolas for art school. Giggles were the soundtrack to our lunches on the curb near the burrito van, and none of us had yet ruled out becoming astronauts or firefighters when we grew up. I definitely was one of the few to forget that, stopped buying underwear at the Disney store, took myself too seriously during the next few years in BA, and declared Hello Kitty an arch enemy. (Not to be mistaken with the boy that snickers at penis jokes that still lives inside me) Michelle and I reconnected on our third year, which is when I first featured her work here, sophisticated yet full of character. She still had the giggle though, which was puzzling to me, and yet another three years later I visit her studio in 2013 it was still there. An hour into poking around her new studio on Mount Pleasant it hit me, DUH, that each of her pieces say exactly that: curiosity and innate playfulness. Her jewellery design aesthetic is inspired by ‘found’, everyday objects (corals, twigs…) that are cast into beautiful organic shapes. All come with a story, giggle-blessed of course, and can also be commissioned to suit your own story, style and budget. It probably didn’t help me going around the studio stupidly asking ‘is this where you cook rice for lunch‘ to a metal-treating machine to take us straight back to being the girls of 2006. Then we had a Daddy Donkey burrito for lunch on a curb for the sake of it all.

Also, always find myself jealous of how she gets to work with borderline psycho-dentist tools and Thor hammers while all I do is tweet dirty jokes from bed as a profession, like come on. The only time I get to play with tools is when a client requests the font to be changed to Comic Sans, which is when I use my own psycho dentist drilly stuff to say ‘aw hell no’ with… and it’s never often enough.

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  1. Intricate and elaborate. Beautiful jewels!

  2. Beautiful pieces!

  3. Her rings are always so stunning!!! I love the gold one which looks like coral

  4. I love all these photos so much, everything looks really creative & inspiringxx

  5. this place is amazing, it’s a really nice studio!!

    DIY ON MY BLOG
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  6. Uh oh- my new studio needs to get MUCH messier!! This is incredible. I absolutely love her surroundings and those little jewels in amongst them!

  7. She works in such a lovely studio, dentist tools and all

  8. Great photos and I love the detail of seeing behind the scenes.

    Lou
    http://www.thekeypieces.co.uk

  9. Love that creative atmosphere on these photos

    Julie
    http://tasteoflimes.blogspot.co.uk/

  10. Emily K G

    Such beautiful, beautiful jewellery. Rustic & yet refined – and so delicate that you can layer as much as you wish.

    denimandglory.wordpress.com

  11. Sarah

    Speaking as someone who’s graduated from uni 3 years ago and working full-time, I am desperately reminiscent of my university days. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. Her studio and collection look stunning. x

  12. Danielle

    Studio and jewellery look amazing!

  13. creative discovery is one of the biggest inspirations. Thank you for sharing Michelle Oh’s work and design.

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com

  14. fantastic details!

    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  15. Such lovely pictures! And love the rings, beautiful designs.
    -Ru
    Glitter & Blush

  16. Gorgeous pieces!

  17. I love you. Seriously. You’re like my idol.
    Very inspiring.
    Thank you for all the beautiful photos and ideas.

    : )

    Your fan from Thailand!

  18. I totally giggled at this post! Thanks Shini it was so fun having you over at the studio, come get daddy donkeys again sometime soon :) xxx

  19. These pieces are adorable, very nicely crafted :)

  20. Cool jewels! ♥

    Vittoria from 5 IN THE MORNING
    http://vittoriafiveinthemorning.blogspot.it/2013/07/brilla.html

  21. What beautiful pieces – these are the kinds of things that I could imagine wearing everyday and never taking off :)

  22. Gorgeous jewelry:

    Mafalda ❤
    http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/

  23. I’m not very good with tools either but the craftsmanship from this lady is fantastic. We really need to appreciate this type of talent and recognise the beauty of handcraft :)

  24. I’m not very good with tools either but the craftsmanship from this lady is fantastic.

  25. these pieces look so gorgeous and unique!!

    xx, Sabinna and David
    Broken Cookies

  26. Great jewelry! Cool photos!

    http://www.hannovrfashion.com

  27. Your photos are always amazing!

    They are sooooo inspiring :)

    jystanding.blogspot.com.au

  28. love.

    – Janine
    http://theeoptimist.blogspot.com

  29. THAT CURB oh god, stop making me giggle ok xx

  30. Beautiful work!