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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

蓮花池畔 By The Lotus Pond Set of Three Bronze Leaf Trays

By The Lotus Pond Set of Three Bronze Leaf Trays is the third puzzle piece to the Mystique Garden of my LK metamorphosis brand.  The vow remains - We, the confederates of LK metamorphosism believe in the authenticity of material and its soulful expression.  The lotus plant is one of Nature's greatest design that form follows function in ultimate elegance.  I chose bronze for its weight and agelessness.  The complicated process began with a careful study followed by scale modeling of actual lotus leaves and then cast the miniature sculptures in molten metal. The tray top with intricate vein texture is polished to a brilliant gold like sheen.  The bottom is oxidized to achieve a warm antique bronze finish.

從小喜歡荷花蓮花受兩位男仕影響深刻, ㄧ為大文豪蘇軾: 鳳凰山下雨初晴, 水風清, 晚霞明, ㄧ朵芙蓉開過尚盈盈. 何處飛來雙白鷺, 如有意, 慕娉婷? 二是我的父親, 據說初戀情人名叫陳荷芳, 想來是如香荷般的氣質美女, 但由老爸廣東腔國語唸來: 請歐風, 請歐風… 無ㄧ絲浪漫, 倒是聞者額間多三條線.
荷花與蓮花雖有相似之處, 科屬有別, 無論蓮荷, 瑩白嫩粉淺紫, 水生植物花朵的婀娜比陸叢錦簇還勝幾分. 或許是心頭設計師作祟, 我更欣賞蓮藕蓮子蓮蓬可食可藥可用, 而田田蓮葉, 意像寧靜悠然神秘, 是我靈魂深處那位姆指精靈永憩之所.


The set of three Lotus trays makes a serene landscape on any horizontal surfaces:
To give your stationery and paper clips a stylish home.
以這組青銅蓮葉鋪陳出書桌前的風景.


To create personal rituals like a 'me time' tea ceremony(Please note that these trays are NOT for direct use with food.  To position them as mini chargers/coasters with a food safe container or present wrapped chocolates in them like a candy dish as shown in my photo is okay.)
或品茗間的詩句. 但, 別直接由銅器取用食物.


To pamper oneself or your guest with aromatic amenities.  I do not recommend using these trays for candles/votives/tea lights due to the pronounced vein texture although the small tray fits a standard votive and the large tray, a standard pillar candle.
焚香沐浴也頗有意境, 只要小心火燭.


To start gardening indoors and indulge in your daily bouquet of potpourri.
小株薄荷, ㄧ碟桂皮八角, 幾顆熱帶艷果, 自成創意室內花園.


此闕江城子後段有些許惘然: 忽聞江上弄哀箏, 若含情, 遣誰聽? 煙斂雲收, 依約是湘靈, 欲待曲終尋問取, 人不見, 數峰青.


我父親最終娶了另外ㄧ位陳小姐, 與荷芳的初戀或許是夏日蓮花池畔的邂逅? 我們總是取笑'請歐風', 卻從來沒試著瞭解爸爸的情懷… 而父親逝世不知不覺已ㄧ年, 我則永遠失落知道答案的機會.


The set includes 3 trays(small, medium, large)packaged in natural shoji paper tied with a twine(as shown in the first photo), and a signed COA double functioning as gift card.  The face paper on the shoji wrap bears two seals: double koi in plum for good fortune and my Chinese emblem in spruce for 'from my heart to your home'.  


A while ago, I stumbled upon a reflective line when reading Before I Go to Sleep by SJ. Watson - "How quickly I would be forgotten, were I to die."  Perhaps this is the exact motivation behind my constant urge to create and to design so many years from now when I am no longer around in this world I love, my dears, you can still meet me by the lotus pond :)
Product Details:
- small tray measures 3.25"(8.2cm) diameter x 0.25"(6mm) height
- medium tray measures 4"(10cm) diameter x 0.5"(13mm) height
- large tray measures 5"(12.8cm) diameter x 0.65"(16mm) height
- Other props(home office items like paper clips, tea cup , chocolates, bath amenities… etc.) are NOT included in the sale.
- USD$145


Care Instruction:
- The trays are hand cast bronze with organic texture. Please allow minor irregularities.
- The item is NOT FOOD SAFE.
- The item does not rust or tarnish and can be gently cleaned with non-abrasive soft material like a piece of cotton cloth.
- The two tone finish(polished brass on top, antique bronze on bottom)develops a rich warm patina over years of handling like a unique bronze sculpture.


Payment:
- I accept Paypal only. Please e-mail me, misslindakuo@gmail.com for other arrangements or go directly to my Etsy store to purchase your set.


Shipping:
- The package will be shipped via registered mail with a tracking number. Combined shipping is available for like item only and please contact me first for the shipping rate if you want to buy multiple sets.
- Since these bronze trays are HEAVY, I am offering a more economic alternative shipping by sea for selected countries. Please see details below:


Singapore local                 USD$5.00
Malaysia                            USD$8.00
Rest of Asia(Taiwan, HK, Korea...) except Japan
USD$19(air, 10 business days), USD$8.00(sea, 2 months)
USA, UK, Europe… everywhere else USD$25(air, 10 business days), USD$9.50(sea, 2-3 months)

10 comments:

有碗話碗 Rice Bowl Tales said...

Miss LK 的先父是廣府人嗎?你們家真開通,爸爸可以公然在兒女老婆面前提及舊戀情愛人的?還能以幽默態度處之,真難得!
這套青銅蓮葉美極了。富創作力的你每件作品都特殊可愛,設計師能將自己的意念付諸行動,製成產品,必定是段很興奮的旅途。
祝你永遠有新的目標和愉快的旅程 :)

V said...

哎呀真巧,昨晚想著該怎麼寫那篇文章(之前跟妳提的食器設計),聽著外頭的雨聲,腦袋閃了"荷葉"二字,然後,就記著今天得上妳的etsy shop逛逛。

我爸曾提過以前與別家女子相親的趣事,當然就是藉機教教我們餐桌禮儀。我媽則曾指著我一位高中同學,說跟他爸爸相過親,而我卻怨嘆地回說:"若妳嫁給他,我就可以長到170公分以上了。"

Miss LK said...

Dear Jane,
我父親南人北相, 不開口沒人猜得出他籍貫, 按祖譜, 我們好像是歷史上'棒打金枝'那位大膽駙馬爺的後裔... 我的dry wit想來是遺傳父親.

這套青銅蓮葉其實有個tongue in cheek的小玩笑, 要熟知蓮葉生態的人才會知道, 等Mystique Garden四個元素都完成, 我再揭謎 :)

其實近來煩惱忒多, 為免自己被負面情緒淹沒, 儘量做讓自己開心的事如創作!

Miss LK said...

Dear V,
'留得殘荷聽雨聲'... 你和林姑娘ㄧ樣, 都讓李商隱這句上了心 :)

蓮葉是我的'斷背山'... 任職PB時也設計了ㄧ套, 還登上雜誌. 可是那時受限大眾市場的成本考量, 用的材質不是我的首選, 現在自由了, 就算賠本也要攻頂圓夢 :P

現在市面上女鞋跟高的嚇人, 想身高170買雙鞋穿穿就有, 別逼媽媽悔過啦...

V said...

人家想的是荷葉糯米雞、荷葉排骨...!

Miss LK said...

散發淡淡荷葉香味的粉蒸肉... 噢, 流口水了.

也是啦, 如果黛玉聽雨想起的是種種美食, 她的日子可能快樂的多 :P

fish said...

Dear LK,

今天一看到你的荷葉,真的深深被吸引.高雅大方的葉子,讓我一下子想到白河的蓮子季節(下個月就是了...),還有那滿片搖曳生姿的荷花/蓮花池.沒想到在這裡全看到了.可見你的功力時在了得^_^!!

我爸的初戀情人,聽說當初是拿高級蘋果來我家的.我奶奶看了特愛,所以我媽進門後,她姥總是提起這檔事.讓拿不出高級蘋果的我媽,苦了幾十年!不過還是你爸開明,真的連名字都說出來了.但說來您母親更不簡單,可以讓先生的初戀情人名字廣泛被討論.可見其胸襟之大!

Miss LK said...

Dear fish,

白河蓮子季又到啦... 想念美味的藕粉!!!

我家對舊情綿綿向來少根筋, 曾與LKㄧ家老少有感情糾葛的全成茶餘飯後笑柄... 真別混了 :P

心疼你母親... 其實明明是同樣的人才, 入門的那個卻總是最不得老人家歡心. 你我將來都是要當婆婆的人喲, 記得要愛屋及烏, 別讓小J小V為難 :)

love2dine said...

very impressed with the shots

Miss LK said...

Thank you so much for your kind words!

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