Thailand's tranquil Lumpini Park is a popular location for people to take refuge away from day-to-day stressors. The park's 142 acres, founded 90 years ago by King Rama VI, holds walking paths, jogging trails and an artificial lake. Thailand is also the home of featured jewelry designer Sasithon Saisuk.
The youngest of three children, Saisuk's optimistic personality lends itself well to exploration and experimentation.
She once worked alongside one of her sisters at a newspaper, and 10 years ago studied "Thai dance and music' where she participated in regional dance exhibitions. Saisuk also learned the art of silversmithing and jewelry making.
"Silverwork is a regional tradition. I design the patterns for this kind of jewelry and adjust it to suit both local and contemporary clothing styles." Saisuk offsets such Thai symbolism as elephants, starfish, and the Bo tree leaf with carnelian, amethyst, and turquoise.
Her hand-fabricated designs, for the most part, are streamlined and modern highlighting clean structure. However, the embossed, lacy details of her Lacy Leaves Choker are a tour de force of intricate artisanship.
The beautiful, chocolate brown color of coconut shells provides a unique source material for jewelry pieces like the Floral Medallion as well as the Coconut Parallels belt. Each of Saisuk's renderings serves as another shining example of the prolific and unrelenting nature of creativity.
"I feel very proud of my work because I design it myself. I especially enjoy working with coconut shells. I love the process of choosing the materials, conceptualizing and finally building the piece."
Photo 1 (top right): Sterling Silver Lacy Leaves Choker
Photo 2 (bottom left): Amethyst Beads over Sterling Silver Starfish Glow Bracelet