Following the launch of the Modern Heirloom Collection in January, Carrie K. presents New Wives’ Tales, a showcase of local craftsmanship in the reinterpretation of meaningful wedding traditions.
The exhibition will feature modern iterations of traditional wedding elements including Modern Heirloom, Si Dian Jin, by Carrie K., four modern interpretations of traditional Kua by Time Taken to Make a Dress, handcrafted teapots by Qi Pottery, bridal headdresses by Eskapade and pastry tasting sessions by Old Seng Choong.
Carrie K.’s Modern Heirloom
Carrie K. introduces four additional designs to her debut fine jewellery line, the Modern Heirloom Collection. Designed to be stackable, the current range is inspired by the iconic Peranakan ceramic tile, the first instalment of the customisable Modern Heirloom Collection.
Carrie K. seeks to highlight the symbolism of the Si Dian Jin exemplified in traditional Chinese architecture, which features a four-pointed roof – each point representing a generation of bliss. Si Dian Jin is also a symbol of a mother-in-law’s welcome and commitment to care for her daughter-in-law under her roof.
The intricate design features art deco vintage details and fine gems of rubies, emeralds, blue sapphires and diamonds, together with semi-precious gems such as amethyst, peridot, topaz, pearls and jade.
Retail prices for the new additions to the Modern Heirloom Collection begin at $388 for the Heritage Pearl Ear Jackets.
Carrie K. is currently stocked at the Carrie K. Atelier, www.CarrieKRocks.com, Zhuang: Home of Singapore Designers at Marina Bay Sands, and KEEPERS – as well as several stockists around the island and internationally.
Time Taken To Make A Dress
Time Taken to Make a Dress is putting a unique spin on the traditional Chinese wedding Kua. Deconstructing the Phoenix, Time Taken to Make a Dress will be showcasing four modern kua designs, painstakingly handmade over 680 hours.
The designs incorporate modern details with traditional silhouettes and colours such as red and gold, signifying an auspicious conjugal union. Brides-to-be can customise their very own kuas with the designers of the brand, Jade and Letitia. Prices start at $2,800.
One of the most significant rites of a Chinese wedding is the tea ceremony, signifying the union of two families through gratitude and respect.
Local potter and active volunteer, Kim Whye Kee of Qi Pottery runs one of the few pottery studios in Singapore to handcraft teapots out of local clay (from Tampines!) He has designed a ceramic teapot that features a handle fashioned after two gold wedding bands that also forms the symbol for infinity, signifying blissful and everlasting love between the bride and groom. The limited-edition teapot retails at $380.
Kristine Hakim of local millinery label, Eskapade, will also be showcasing her exquisite handmade wedding headdresses inspired by vintage headgear. A glamorous addition to any wedding, retail prices for the wedding headdresses start at $450. Customisation is available upon request.
Old Seng Choong
Founded by renowned local pastry chef Daniel Tay, Old Seng Choong was created as a tribute to his father, a baker and confectioner himself for over 30 years. It is lovingly named after the well-loved Seng Choong Confectionery, which was established in 1965 and run by Daniel’s parents until its closure in 1996.
Daniel Tay was also the founder of Bakerzin, before moving on to set up Cat & the Fiddle and now Old Seng Choong.
Daniel tells the Singapore story through Old Seng Choong by infusing the flavours of various local cuisines into his pastries. Interesting flavours include Satay, Bak Kut Teh, Laksa, and Putu Mayam etc.
I personally love the Pandan Coconut, Cereal Prawn and Gula Melaka cookies. These are guaranteed to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Retail prices for Old Seng Choong cookies start at $18.80.
For more details, visit their website.
New Wives’ Tales will be held from today until 22nd April at the National Design Centre, Gallery Space.