Profile: Aye Nyein Pyu

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About Aye Nyein Pyu : Jewelry is more than just an accessory for a Toronto based Burmese designer Karen Pyu, who is the creative force behind the brand Mondselle. Karen has made a name for herself with creations that beautifully combine her Burmese heritage with the urban western perspectives. Her jewels have already won the attention of Myanmar and Hollywood celebrities, including MYA and Aung San Suu Kyi, a noble prize winning politician of Myanmar. Just a year after completing her design degree at OCAD University in Toronto Karen launched her brand in 2015, which quickly rose to popularity in both Myanmar and Canada because of her unique representation of Myanmar’s cultural elements in a modern design.
STATEMENT OF ART:
In my eyes, jewelry is an everyday art form, one to be expressed in the most beautiful ways. I founded Mondselle in line with this philosophy to create jewelry that will enhance the day to day lives of women.

I gravitate towards ornate and sculptural aesthetics, and I’m also highly attracted to floral motifs. Having lived away from Myanmar since the age of 14, I learned to harmoniously integrate with other cultures. When I travel I always pay attention to what’s around me, the people and incredible art and architecture. I often like to look at the history and traditional elements of a culture, especially Burmese, to derive a theme, making it relevant to current times and telling a story with every piece.

My focus is also on wearability, that’s suitable for both the classical and fashion conscious woman. You can pair one of my rings with a cocktail dress just as easily as you can with jeans. With a fine art training background, I also create visuals and illustrations to accompany my work for marketing materials. In an industry that is saturated with mass produced fashion jewellery, it is crucial to set yourself apart through talent, quality and craftsmanship.

I want Mondselle to be a place where customers come to create or purchase something that will be memorable. Whether it is a gift for yourself, a friend, or someone you love, we want to create new, meaningful relationships and stories to be shared. We cherish the moment a special piece of jewellery was given to us and it’s a memory that lasts a lifetime. There is a tremendous satisfaction and a great honour to have the opportunity to be a small part of something so special.

ORGANIZATION:
Mondselle

EDUCATION:
2014, Bachelor of Design, BA, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Toronto/Canada

EXPERIENCE:
2015-Present, I started my own jewellery brand named Mondselle

EVENTS:
2018, "Cocktails and Curated Collections", LFW London Fashion Week

AWARDS:
2022, Bronze, A'Design Award & Competition, Como/Italy

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2021, "Triumph Bangle" featured in All Eyes on South East Asian Talent interview, Solitaire Magazine (digital), November, Asia Pacific Region
https://www.solitairemagazine.com/all-eyes-on-sout
heast-asian-talent/

2021, "Hope Earrings" "Hope Ring" "Pathein Earrings" "United Choker" featured in Meet the Women Movers and Shakers of the Gems and Jewelry Industry, Upscale Living Magazine (digital), March, USA
https://www.upscalelivingmag.com/meet-the-women-mo
vers-and-shakers-of-the-gems-jewelry-industry/

2021, "Hope Earrings" "Hope Ring" "Pathein Earrings" "United Choker" featured in Karen Pyu's Inspiring Renditions, Solitaire International Magazine (digital), March, India
https://gjepc.org/solitaire/karen-pyus-inspiring-r
enditions/

2020, "Pathein Ring" "Pathein Tier Earrings", Wedding Bells Magazine, page 101, Spring/Summer, Toronto/Canada

2019, BBC Burmese Interview, May, Online Publication
https://www.bbc.com/burmese/burma-48219987

2019, "Pathein Tier Earrings", GQ British Magazine, pages 20-21, March, UK

2018, "In-Depth" Interview Feature, Myanmar National Airlines Magazine, pages 141-149, October-December, Yangon/Myanmar

2018, "Soaring Pyramids Bangle" "Nile Necklace" "Halo Choker" "Marching Pyramids Ring" "Bound Bangle" "Toddy Palm Hoops", Ellements Magazine, pages 10-14, September
https://www.ellementsmagazine.com/september-2018/

2018, "Pathein Hoops", Jewellery Business Magazine, cover feature, August, Toronto/Canada

2018, "Ubein Bridge Ring" "Padauk Bouquet Ring" "Pathein Two-Piece Brooch" "Pathein Hoops", Lucy's Magazine (digital), Toronto/Canada
https://lucysmagazine.com/portfolio/the-little-dre
amer/

2018, "Cat Eye Stacking Rings" "Marching Pyramids Ring", Odalisque Magazine (digital), Toronto/Canada
https://www.odalisquemagazine.com/articles/2017/07
/13/orenda-photography-by-tina-picard

2017, "Bound Bangle", Elle Canada, page 61, Summer 2017 issue, Toronto/Canada

2017, "Orion Ring" "Tat Choker" & "Soaring Pyramids Bangle", Flare magazine (digital), July, Toronto/Canada

2017, "Triumph Bangle" "Hathor Ring" "Angel Ear Jackets" "Cluster Ear Jackets" & "Soaring Pyramids Bangle", Milk & Heels Magazine, Toronto/Canada

2017, "Nile Necklace" & "Cluster Ear-Jackets", Milk & Heels Magazine", Toronto/Canada

2016, "Tat Choker" "Halo Collar" & "Soaring Pyramids Bangle", Flare Magazine, page 46, April, Toronto/Canada

2016, "Cat Eye Stacking Rings" & "Soaring Pyramids Bangle", Chloe Magazine, Fall & Cruise Issue, Toronto/Canada

BOOKS:
2022, "Women of Jewelry" by Linda Kozloff-Turner (to be published in 2022)

2022, Aye Nyein Pyu, A' Design Award - Award Winning Industrial Design Yearbook 2022 (DesignerPress, Italy, 47/P, ISBN:978-88-97977-49-0)

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English (Native, Near Native)
Burmese (Native)

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Adobe Photoshop, Intermediate
Adobe Illustrator, Intermediate
Gemvision Matrix, Advanced

HOBBIES:
Painting

CLIENTELE:
2018, Award winning R&B artist Mya, Wore my earrings and rings during her MTV interview with Wiz Khalifa, New York, New York

WEB SITE:
www.mondselle.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
www.karenpyu.com

REGISTRATION DATE:
2022-02-07 21:22:19

COUNTRY:
Canada

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Aye Nyein Pyu


Midnight Garden Two Way Pendant and Brooch

Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category in 2021
Aye Nyein Pyu for Mondselle

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