Yuchengco Museum hosts the celebration of Wynn Wynn Ong’s 15 years in fashion and design through a retrospective exhibition entitled Wynn Wynn Ong: Redefining Boundaries. The exhibit opens on March 8, Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m.
The retrospective showcases the creative journey of the Burmese-born jewelry designer from her early years designing handcrafted heirloom jewelry to her current creations of art, furniture, couture, and objets d’art.
Also on view are 18 portraits of Ong’s muses in their fantasy alter egos captured by model-photographer Jo Ann Bitagcol. Wynn Wynn Ong: Redefining Boundaries will be on view from March 8 to June 15.
Ong’s career began in 2001 when she started designing pieces for herself because she couldn’t find such designs anywhere. A lack of formal training was not an obstacle to her success as an internationally lauded artist whose works are now sought after by collectors. Meticulous attention to detail and age-old techniques, such as casting using the wax method, ensure the uniqueness of each jewelry. In fact, Ong never repeats designs and limits the number of pieces she produces each year.
Ong’s works are reflections of her family’s roots in Burma, her childhood days in Vienna, summer trips around the globe, and her life in Manila. She incorporates her interest in environmental sustainability by using local varieties of wood and recycled materials. She is inspired by monkeys, geckos, carabaos, birds, and other Philippine flora and fauna and explores them as themes in her precious stones and metal pendants, necklaces, handcrafted cabinet handles, and minaudieres.
Ong’s show at Yuchengco Museum also celebrates Women’s Month this March. The exhibit will be on view until June 15, 2017.
Yuchengco Museum is at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (+632) 889-1234, visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org, or follow Yuchengco Museum on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtags #WynnWynnOng and #RedefiningBoundaries.