'Below' + 'Ashore' Rings

I will be the first to admit that I often struggle with writing my concept statements!

Do you?

These are the latest photos I have shared on Instagram. If you click on the individual photos you can see the image in full and a little blurb about it.

The rings are from my first year of studies at Design Centre Enmore where I was doing an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery and Object Design.

Some of you may be familiar with the Wabi Sabi Suki brief?

Well I decided to add my concept statement to this post so you can read what these designs are all about. It was one of the first statements I had to write. They take me so very long to write and then I often feel unsatisfied with the content.

My current mission is setting positive affirmations around this block and image of self doubt.

My affirmation is:

"Self expression through creative writing comes easily and naturally to me".... hum. I need to work on that one.

Do you have any suggestions??

I would love to hear from you.

Health and Happiness,

Tanya da Silva ♡


“Pared down to its barest essence, Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all”

-Noble Harbour

Due to a lifelong fascination with the ocean, my childhood habit of admiring seashells scattered in the sand has continued into my adult years. Recently, whilst contemplating the essence of Wabi-Sabi, I reflected on the beauty to be found in shells throughout their lifecycle; beautiful in both in their wholeness and brokenness. This thought process led to the design of 'Below' and 'Ashore'.

“Wabi may describe beauty in nature untouched by human hands, or it may emerge from human attempts to draw out the distinctive beauty of materials.”

– Itoh Teiji

'Below', symbolic of growth in the serene depths of the ocean, represents a shell intact and whole. Lustrous pearls are hidden under the surface and have been chosen as a representation of the oceans hidden bounty; visible only to those who seek it.

Wabi qualities are seen in the ring’s simplicity and smooth sweeping movement.

“Appreciation of Sabi confirms the natural cycle of organic life – that what is created from the earth finally returns to the earth and that nothing is ever complete”

– Itoh Teiji

'Ashore', symbolic of deterioration from waves booming on the shoreline, takes the form of an eroded shell. Small brass granules, likened to grains of sand, combine with the affects of etching and oxidization to embody the marks of time on seashells and show the threadbare quality of Sabi.

Wabi and Sabi aesthetics have been captured in these two rings through movement, texture, space and shape. 'Below' and 'Ashore' represent the lifecycle of a shell, and draw the viewer to reflect on the wonders of the ocean and the beauty that emerges from its depths.

Have you ever felt moved by the wabi-sabi qualities of a shell?


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