sterling Silver, swarovski cubic zirconia.
Hanging Claw: 5mm x 80mm x 17mm
Hanging Squirrel: 10mm x 42mm x 17mm.
I am someone who enjoys dumb jokes. Mission I(s)possible is actually the result of me seeing a squirrel after failing to outsmart crane machines in Taiwan. After the initial idea of mashing the two subject sparks, the design of squirrel spies came naturally.As for my practice, apart from liking to include dippy narratives into my designs, I also like to challenge myself to scale components smaller just because I find miniaturized forms to be cuter. These squirrels are hand-sculpted just big enough to sit on your finger then metal casted. A total of four pairs are made, where currently, three are still available.
It’s a heist! Inspired by the swift nature of the animal, and the Taiwanese arcade culture of copious crane machines, these sneaky lil sterling silver cast squirrels embarked on a risky operation. With one artfully dropped from above while the other expertly maneuver the claw, the duo successfully swiped the gems! The satirical illustration of the asymmetrical dangle earrings drafted by Juthamongkol intends to lighten up the wearer’s day through narrative jewellery. Who would have expected such a pococurante creature to be interested in swarovskis? Final Verdict: Mission I(s)possible.
A half Thai half Taiwanese born and raised in Phuket Thailand, Juthamongkol discovers her interest in art and design at a young age where she would pass time through exploring and experimenting with different mediums and their practices. From drawings and paintings, origami and textiles creations, to carving and sculpting, it later
became clear that her preference of artistic expression lies in creating hand-rendered three-dimensional pieces. After obtaining her International Baccalaureate Diploma from the British international school, Phuket, Juthamongkol spent a year as a student assistant for her former institution’s primary school art classes. During this time, she started making small pendant pieces from sculpted polymer clay for her friends and family as small gifts. Through this, she recognized her enthusiasm for jewellery making.
As Phuket, Thailand is short of scenes regarding hand-crafted jewellery, Juthamongkol considers her enrollment to Ontario College of Art and Design’s Jewellery Program to be a serendipitous event. In 2020, Juthamongkol is the recipient of OCAD U’s Lilly Yung Memorial Scholarship.
Today, Juthamongkol’s current practice focuses on fabricating one-of-a-kind narrative art jewellery pieces; working mainly in depletion gilded sterling silver, drawing inspiration from the natural world of floral, foliage, and fauna in miniaturized scale. With an intent to induce joy upon seeing her works, playful messages, dippy depictions, and additional fun interactions such as assemblable parts and kinetic elements are recurrent features.