Belinda Chang & Hugo Yeung
We caught up with Obellery co-founders Belinda Chang and Hugo Yeung at their jewellery studio and workshop in PMQ. The duo founded Obellery with the aim of promoting contemporary jewellery and metal work, they also host jewellery making workshops, which give people the opportunity to learn more about the craft. We chatted to them about their design inspirations, minimal interiors and all things floral.
Describe what you do
Hugo: We’re the co-founders of contemporary jewellery studio Obellery; we sell hand crafted pieces from our own collections as well as other international artisan jewellery brands. We also offer jewellery making workshops at our studio in PMQ.
How did you start working together?
Belinda: We’ve known each other for almost a decade, we first met as student and mentor. Then eventually became partners when we founded Obellery and combined our shared vision of promoting contemporary jewellery and metal craft.
Tell us about your creative process
B: I enjoy studying the subject material itself, I will try to notice the small details that others will often overlook. Then, I’ll explore these elements and the possibility of expressing them in my metal work.
H: I prefer to work directly in metal, in order to discover the possibilities of shape and form of the material itself.
How do your jewellery collections reflect your personality?
B: There are a variety of aesthetics in my work that mirror the diverse interests of mine; I find inspiration in all aspects of everyday life.
H: Most of my work shows a clear structure and minimal form, this kind of aesthetic value can be identified as my personal work.
Do flowers and plants inspire your work?
B: I try to discover the allure of plants beyond their blooms. I tend to pay close attention to the structure of their stems, the veins on their leaves and the tactile qualities.
Describe the interior style of your shop & workshop
H: Our studio has an earthy interior décor, accompanied by a minimal, European jewellery workshop setup.
How does your space make you feel & effect your work?
B: Alongside the studio setup, the cohort of staff here creates a joyous atmosphere, where we can freely exchange opinions and ideas with each other.
H: The studio is a carefree environment for me to nurture my work at my own pace with no pressure.
What are your favourite flowers?
B: I prefer pastel coloured blossoms in general. Cactus flowers and Bougainvillea are favourites of mine.
H: I like tulips, for their simplicity and pleasing appearance.
Tell us about your most powerful flower memory
B: Every time I use flowers to complement my jewellery pieces in a photoshoot, it makes a lasting impression on me.
H: Like most guys, the most memorable flower experience for me has to be the first time I gave a girl flowers, it’s a rite of passage in itself.
GET THE LOOK
Bring the beauty of nature indoors like Belinda and Hugo with our Aurora’s Call blooms.
Aurora’s Call Bud vase
Aurora’s Call Flower Bouquet
Aurora’s Call Flower Jar