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Featured Seller: Minicyn

Feb 1, 2012

by MiniCyn

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
Call me Cynthia or Loek Sia, whichever comes easily for you. My adult life has been filled with lots of adventure! I’ve lived in four countries and six cities to date. When it was time to decide what to do at university, I chose architecture but became distracted with with linguistics and art history. I actually ended up graduating as a silversmith, and it was my profession for a few years. Not long after that, I went on to study as a graphic designer and illustrator; I ended up making it work for the next 14 years. But here I am now, back to jewelry and loving every minute of it! To be honest, in between all that, I did enroll for a place in contemporary dance school, too. But I told myself, hey, you need to earn some money to pay off those student loans.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Listening to music plays a very big part in my daily life. It cures me of troubles and gets my spirit on the upside. Discovering new non-commercial musicians in my local city (wherever I may be) is always fun too. Melbourne was great city for that, I have to say. If I have some time left, I’ll squeeze in some reading (non-fiction) before bed. I enjoy getting physical by running or practicing Ashtanga yoga.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
I haven’t had time to think about writing my own memoir. Why? Because it’s not the end yet.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I don’t have a formula. Everything I do and the people I meet are more than enough to fill me with inspiration.

What does handmade mean to you?
Things that are made with love. When something isn’t, it has no soul. You can feel it.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My mum. She’s beautiful and wonderful, and I have not met anyone like her to this day! I hope to be like her when I have children one day. She made and cooked everything for us from scratch; she also showed us that everything is possible without ever saying it. It’s magic!

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Picasso! He’s creatively playful and serious at the same time, which is a great combo.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
Everything that my mum taught me to make, as well as her hand-drawn, hand-written recipe book. It’s so sophisticated, cute and funny… just like her!

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I usually just turn to focusing on the technical side of jewelry making. It’s important to provide good quality handmade products. For the current handmade renaissance to last, it has to be sustainable not only for this generation, but to the next. Long live handmade!

Where would you like to be in ten years?
Doing what I’m doing now, but with a good, kind creative community beside me. I’d hopefully live in a warmer climate with the beach or forest nearby! Most importantly, I want to contribute what I’ve learned to the community (especially children).

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Mini Coup de Coeur silver pin brooch
Mini Coup de Coeur silver pin brooch
Minicyn
$101.55 USD
3D Droplet hollow pendant silver necklace
3D Droplet hollow pendant silver necklace
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Lapis Lazuli silver pendant in solid silver ball necklace
Lapis Lazuli silver pendant in solid silver ball necklace
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Falling petals hoops earrings
Falling petals hoops earrings
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9 twist and turn silver with 14kt yellow gold stacking rings
9 twist and turn silver with 14kt yellow gold stacking rings
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Dancing solid silver grains long earrings
Dancing solid silver grains long earrings
Minicyn
$72.21 USD
Mini miniature studded Silver or Vermeil pyramid studs
Mini miniature studded Silver or Vermeil pyramid studs
Minicyn
$37.23 USD
A solid silver tubular silk cord bracelet
A solid silver tubular silk cord bracelet
Minicyn
$22.57 USD
Long legged 2 or 3 tiered articulated earrings in solid silver
Long legged 2 or 3 tiered articulated earrings in solid silver
Minicyn
$101.55 USD
Square spangles in soild silver or Vermeil earrings studs
Square spangles in soild silver or Vermeil earrings studs
Minicyn
$62.06 USD
Solid silver Minicyn studded ring
Solid silver Minicyn studded ring
Minicyn
$82.36 USD
Mystical Orient Amulet necklace on silk cord or silver chain
Mystical Orient Amulet necklace on silk cord or silver chain
Minicyn
$92.52 USD
Bigger faceted Diamond-like sterling silver studs
Bigger faceted Diamond-like sterling silver studs
Minicyn
$54.16 USD
14 karat Miniature golden duo bubble in yellow gold studs earrings
14 karat Miniature golden duo bubble in yellow gold studs earrings
Minicyn
$39.49 USD
Galactical 14 stacking ring with 14kt yellow rose gold and silver rings
Galactical 14 stacking ring with 14kt yellow rose gold and silver rings
Minicyn
$327.20 USD
Small droplette Vermeil or Silver studs earrings
Small droplette Vermeil or Silver studs earrings
Minicyn
$56.41 USD
Simple droplet dangle silver earrings
Simple droplet dangle silver earrings
Minicyn
$56.41 USD
Double Rolling Oh silver necklace
Double Rolling Oh silver necklace
Minicyn
$88.01 USD
2 tiered Square spangles in soild silver or Vermeil earrings studs
2 tiered Square spangles in soild silver or Vermeil earrings studs
Minicyn
$92.52 USD
Droplet Silver or Vermeil necklace
Droplet Silver or Vermeil necklace
Minicyn
$84.62 USD
Singular rolling Oh silver necklace
Singular rolling Oh silver necklace
Minicyn
$82.36 USD
Silvery Adam Smile ring in solid silver
Silvery Adam Smile ring in solid silver
Minicyn
$62.06 USD
Baby Silver hammered sparkles
Baby Silver hammered sparkles
Minicyn
$56.41 USD
Modernist Coin silver earrings
Modernist Coin silver earrings
Minicyn
$67.70 USD
Hammered organic 14kt golden dot studs earrings
Hammered organic 14kt golden dot studs earrings
Minicyn
$88.01 USD
Galactical Golden Cascade 14karat gold diamond stacking ring
Galactical Golden Cascade 14karat gold diamond stacking ring
Minicyn
$1,669.86 USD
Big droplette solid silver or vermeil studs earrings
Big droplette solid silver or vermeil studs earrings
Minicyn
$58.67 USD
Droplet Eve silver ring
Droplet Eve silver ring
Minicyn
$67.70 USD
Small droplette silver or vermeil studs earrings
Small droplette silver or vermeil studs earrings
Minicyn
$56.41 USD
Sequins galore II multi silver or gold-plated discs necklace
Sequins galore II multi silver or gold-plated discs necklace
Minicyn
$89.13 USD
Mini facets diamond-like silver studs
Mini facets diamond-like silver studs
Minicyn
$47.39 USD
Raining droplets bracelet
Raining droplets bracelet
Minicyn
$78.98 USD
Silvery Eve droplet ring in solid silver
Silvery Eve droplet ring in solid silver
Minicyn
$62.06 USD
Tiny black diamonds in Rose gold earrings
Tiny black diamonds in Rose gold earrings
Minicyn
$152.32 USD
Small Golden Victorian vermeil floral pendant necklace
Small Golden Victorian vermeil floral pendant necklace
Minicyn
$121.85 USD
Finer Adam and Eve solid silver stacking rings
Finer Adam and Eve solid silver stacking rings
Minicyn
$112.83 USD
Adam or Eve bangle bracelet
Adam or Eve bangle bracelet
Minicyn
$107.19 USD
Cleopatra Returns long silver earrings with dot of 14kt gold
Cleopatra Returns long silver earrings with dot of 14kt gold
Minicyn
$129.75 USD
Light Peach Moonstone ball pendant necklace
Light Peach Moonstone ball pendant necklace
Minicyn
$135.39 USD
Big Peach round Moonstone ball pendant long necklace
Big Peach round Moonstone ball pendant long necklace
Minicyn
$203.09 USD
White milky Moonstone solid silver round ball necklace
White milky Moonstone solid silver round ball necklace
Minicyn
$118.47 USD
Golden Vermeil or Silver raining droplets bracelet
Golden Vermeil or Silver raining droplets bracelet
Minicyn
$78.98 USD
Pebble bundle pendant with Rose Cut diamond and golden fronds necklace
Pebble bundle pendant with Rose Cut diamond and golden fronds necklace
Minicyn
$157.96 USD
Faceted Diamond-like sterling silver studs
Faceted Diamond-like sterling silver studs
Minicyn
$56.41 USD
Small 3D Droplet hollow pendant cord necklace
Small 3D Droplet hollow pendant cord necklace
Minicyn
$76.72 USD
Sequins galore vertical multi silver disc necklace
Sequins galore vertical multi silver disc necklace
Minicyn
$107.19 USD
Tranquility silver dome necklace
Tranquility silver dome necklace
Minicyn
$101.55 USD
Profile small silver or gold-plated droplette studs earrings
Profile small silver or gold-plated droplette studs earrings
Minicyn
$49.64 USD
Baby droplette silver or vermeil studs earrings
Baby droplette silver or vermeil studs earrings
Minicyn
$50.77 USD
Little Double Rolling Oh silver necklace
Little Double Rolling Oh silver necklace
Minicyn
$90.26 USD
Heart Infinity Lucky 8 pin in solid silver
Heart Infinity Lucky 8 pin in solid silver
Minicyn
$101.55 USD
Victorian Floral ring band
Victorian Floral ring band
Minicyn
$112.83 USD
7 Semainier twist and turn silver stacking rings
7 Semainier twist and turn silver stacking rings
Minicyn
$73.34 USD
Falling petals ring in White Yellow or Rose 14kt gold
Falling petals ring in White Yellow or Rose 14kt gold
Minicyn
$282.07 USD
Small Victorian Floral & Leaf Double sided ring
Small Victorian Floral & Leaf Double sided ring
Minicyn
$76.72 USD
Victorian Floral & Leaf Double sided ring
Victorian Floral & Leaf Double sided ring
Minicyn
$101.55 USD
Minicyn Victorian Floral Arch ring
Minicyn Victorian Floral Arch ring
Minicyn
$108.32 USD
Laurel Laurier ring in 18kt gold
Laurel Laurier ring in 18kt gold
Minicyn
$434.39 USD
Slick minimalist Minicyn knuckle duster
Slick minimalist Minicyn knuckle duster
Minicyn
$157.96 USD
Classic London Swiss or Sky Blue topaz silver earrings
Classic London Swiss or Sky Blue topaz silver earrings
Minicyn
$110.57 USD

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