Honour Thy Lovers
The armour atelier of HTL was first established in 2007 as a response to a demand for personal amulets of protection and talismans of restorative healing and empowerment for individuals who had suffered at the hand of various forms of abuse, transgression and/or self harm.
Each piece is made to order, constructed lovingly by hand and built to fit each wearer's specific needs. Materials and cultural artifacts have been sourced and sought over many years and many travels — some precious, some not so "precious" — and are woven into the construction due to their energetic connection for the wearer. Often, as part of the therapeutic process, the experience or perceived source of the wearer's pain/joy is incorporated in some manner — regarding textural sensation, specific fit, material or weight — to transform the concept of a past transgression or memory into an emblem of beauty that can be held, reclaimed and owned with power, grace and intention.
The work of Honour Thy Lovers has been exhibited internationally; featured in galleries, institutions and through publications such as the Museum at FIT, NYC Jewelry Week, LG Fashion Week, WedLuxe, Flare, Elle, Vanity Fair and Fashion.
Photography (shown here) by myself and Ya-Wen Chang (Paris).