ALL THE PRETTY THINGS

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Cel­e­brat­ing 15 years since self-taught jew­elry de­signer Wynn Wynn Ong first cap­ti­vated our hearts with her el­e­gant, thought­fully in­tri­cate cre­ations, the Yuchengo Mu­seum presents a spe­cial ret­ro­spec­tive fea­tur­ing the fruits of her cre­ative en­deav­ors through the years—from art jew­elry to ob­jets d’art to cou­ture.

For the very first time, the mu­seum’s Masters Gallery will show­case the cre­ations of the jeweler and aes­thete, span­ning her ear­li­est works with wire to her lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion with Jewelmer. Blown-up por­traits fea­tur­ing her muses will also be on dis­play, and high­lights of the ret­ro­spec­tive in­clude Ong’s cou­ture and jew­elry in col­lab­o­ra­tion with style brands, as well as fur­ni­ture and light­ing pieces cus­tom­ized for clients. As most of the pieces are archival, on loan from clients for the du­ra­tion of the ex­hibit, the ret­ro­spec­tive pro­vides an ex­ten­sive and rare op­por­tu­nity to view th­ese oneof-a-kind pieces from pri­vate col­lec­tions.

Born in Burma and raised in Vi­enna and Manila to a fam­ily of women who col­lected jew­elry, Ong’s con­ti­nen­tal up­bring­ing and child­hood trav­els around Europe formed her fan­ci­ful yet so­phis­ti­cated sense of aes­thet­ics. Mag­i­cal me­mories in­clude ponds sparkling with pre­cious stones in the fam­ily com­pound and thumb­ing the jew­eled but­tons on her mother’s tra­di­tional Burmese blouses, and so when she couldn’t find any jew­elry that mea­sured up to the sub­lime won­ders in her head, she de­cided to cre­ate her own. With­out any training or for­mal background in gemol­ogy, Ong be­gan de­sign­ing jew­elry in 2001, and her work— which now in­cludes cou­ture, fur­ni­ture, and ob­jets d’art de­signed with a jeweler’s sen­si­bil­i­ties—is cel­e­brated for its orig­i­nal­ity, crafts­man­ship, and metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail.

The Wynn Wynn Ong Ret­ro­spec­tive is pre­sented by Yuchengco Mu­seum and Wynn Wynn Ong Ar­ti­sanal Works. On view un­til June 15, RCBC Plaza, cor­ner Ayala and Gil J. Puyat Av­enues, Makati; 889.1234; yucheng­co­mu­seum.org; @Yucheng­co­Mu­seum on so­cial media. PIERRA CALASANZ-LABRADOR

HEARtS AND CRAFtS A se­lec­tion of Ong’s jew­elry pieces from her ret­ro­spec­tive at the yuchengco Mu­seum.

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