Angelia Teo is an ex-magazine editor who began making trinkets and baubles in her school days. About a year ago, she decided to take her craft seriously and set up the website www.gleaminyoureye.com. Since then, she’s streamlined her collection to focus on Mea Culpa – “I am to blame” in Latin – where she showcases her penchant for rough edged femininity. She is currently freelancing as a writer while fueling the fires to her craft with occasional spells of creativity.
All her pieces are named after men. Intricately cut wood pendants are the focus of Mea Culpa’s new collection. These laser-cut pendants and earrings are made using recycled sawdust boards and are resplendently devoid of colour. The star of the collection is Robin, a necklace which features a dove, with wings lovingly detailed in the wood, carrying a sprig of olive — the sign of peace. It is also available in a matching set of earrings.
Launched at the EcoLuxe show at Raffles City, Mea Culpa received an overwhelming show of support from fans, show attendees and even the eco-designer Sarah Ratty from Ciel.
The idea behind the wood collection is a counter-attack on the acrylic craze that is seen widely in the accessories market now. Acrylic, while colourful and versatile, is non-biodegradeable. “People buy these pendants with no intention of keeping them after 10 or 15 years,” explains Mea Culpa designer Angelia Teo. “That means it’ll sit in a landfill for many years after, surviving intact and never bio-degrading.” Wood, on the other hand, will return to the earth once discarded.
The 10-day exhibition sale showcased some of her new collection as well as one-off pieces that are constructed using recycled costume jewellery and chain. Eco Luxe ended 1 April, but purchases can be made online at www.iamtoblame.net. The wood collection retails for $68 to $88.
Her jewellery is available online at www.iamtoblame.net and at Closet Affair in Far East Plaza. She occassionally makes appearances at bazaars. Her last one was Fash Bash.