—Wild and fanciful thoughts
There are a myriad of living thins in the universe of the most varied appearances and shapes. This reflects nature’s inexhaustible vitality. People often express wishes and invoke blessings with metaphors and allegories from the natural realm. In the “Creative Inspiration” series, the designer adopts the classical thinking, when it comes to metaphors and allegories from the animal realm, and gives it a new life with his exquisite craft. Mason Tsai puts a lot of effort in inspecting the intrinsic qualities of the material he uses, and he catches the animal’s ingenious expression in the jadeite natural essence. The elusive and mysterious monkey, always reactive and alert, the peach is associated with immortality and a long life. The cock’s tail feather are depicted with the most beautiful array of colors, the eggs are made with icy jadeite, so that it appears the rooster also has the ambition to protect his family. By fixing insets on his jewelry and with the meticulous arrangement of colors, the designer gives a new life to the art piece, which is lucky and auspicious for the beholder.
Flying Upward: Jadeite Horse Brooch
The horse holding up its head is symbol of vigor. The horse has always been one of the most important allegories used by designers. However, the proportion and the colors are essential for the co-presence of a high-spirited character and the wild freedom deriving from the horse’s galloping, and this is the aspect designers have been working on the most. In “Flying Upward”, Mason Tsai has used highly translucent emerald green jadeite to obtain the resemblance of horses striding proudly forward with their head high, galloping free and happy. He revised his work many times; he used diamonds for the saddle, in a white and green harmonious unity. This gave dimension to the work. The tail and the mane had different lengths at different points, creating a visual illusion as if the horse was actually running. The brooch is static, but at the same time it seems to be flying with enthusiasm.