14 July, 2014

New collection: The Nomads Headchains & Bodychains

Headchain Nur Jahan

The Nomads headband

Bodychain Desert Bird

Bodychain Vashti

Headchain Vashti

Lovely Emily posed the hell out of the Nomad collection featuring different Headchain & Bodychain designs. I got inspired by the Persian queens and wonderered how they would look like if they lived incognito among us.
Mad relax and easy with a glimps of their heritage.

Love Soraya

Hey Loves

It has been quiet around the SOYL blog but for a good reason. Festival season has started in NL which means all-nighters making jewellery and meeting a lot of new people. I'm now half way so perfect time to finally write something down and show you the new collection.



20 May, 2014

Just finished: Mini roses and rose gold details

The story of the Romanticists 

09 May, 2014

DIY: Japanese rice packaging Bag Kenya Hara inspiration

A Book 1996-

Iwafune Rice 1999

Dandelion Wine 1999

Inspiration Kenya Hara

The second design is the one that inspired me to do this DIY. It's a design for one of Kenya Hara's clients who wanted a packaging which promotes safe and high quality rice.
It's clean and simple but modest. Pure like the rice it's containing. 
Kenya runs the Hara design institute, a think tank for contemporary art in all forms and is a professor of the science of design at Tokyo's Musashino Art University.

I wish people would better appreciate design culture and histories, and use them as a resource. For example, at the time of the Meiji Restoration [1868-1912], the Japanese institutionalized tradition and aesthetics. It would be good to bring back those practices again when thinking about the future home.            -Kenya Hara-


You will need some hardboard, faux leather, measuring tape, hot glue gun or sewing machine. 

1.First up, we have to make the bottom of the bag with a piece of cardboard. Mine is an A5, half of the A4 cardboard
2. Cover the piece of cardboard with the faux leather, both sides and glue it together.
3. Now the measurements for the bag. Wide is 74 cm plus 5 cm en height is 68 cm. You can always cut the fabric off the top once your done.
4. Glue or stitch the sides together using the extra 5 cm.
5. Fold the bottom like the picture.
6. Insert the piece of cardboard.
7. Now glue as you see on the pic.
8. Fold like an envelope.
9. You need to make straps with the left over material.
10. Make two cuts, 5 cm apart.
11. See pictures how to fold with two different methods:
a. Just role the strings downwards and tie the strings together.
b. Fold the two corners inwards and then role it downwards.

And that's it!

Have Fun

Love Soraya

Design photos courtesy of the Hara Design Institute

01 May, 2014

A selection of Flowers

Come closer


Yes almost there

What do you see? 

-It's all in the Details-

29 April, 2014

Just Finished: The story of the Wanderers

I'm just craving for a vacation to the beach now that I finished this collection. All the conch shells and soft colors just bring me back to the salty wind and calming waves of the sea. Inspired by the mood I also made some sketches.
This story came out exactly how I wanted.
Hope you like it.

Ik ben net klaar met deze collectie en ik verlang echt naar een strandvakantie. De schelpen en de zachte kleuren van de maanstenen brengen me terug naar de zoutige wind en de kalmerende golven van de zee. Helemaal in deze mood heb ik ook de illustraties voor het verhaal gemaakt.
Ik ben tevreden, het is precies geworden als hoe het in mijn hoofd aan het ronddwalen was.
Hoop dat je het mooi vindt.

Love Soraya

19 April, 2014

Artwork & Illustrations

16 April, 2014

Next Chapter: Hard Bitten X SOYL Shop-in-Shop

04 April, 2014

Next Chapter: SOYL studio atelier

I'm over the moon excited, ecstatic, thrilled, crazy in love.. hmm and so much more... I have my own workshop, my own shit. No one can disturb me, silence all around. Just me and my creative energy. 
But no one is happier than my boyfriend who has lived with my chaotic way of creating for a while now. If you could see him, carrying my stuff around with a big smile and making suggestions for the interior. Unrecognizable I can tell you that. Haha but seriously sometimes you don't know the impact of a change. I thought I was doing just fine at home and I didn't needed a workshop.
And as I took my first step in the atelier, a relieve came over me and I knew this was the right decision. The thought of doing whatever comes to the creative mind is just liberating.

To be Continued...

Flowers of the Albert Cuijp market. I've selected these flowers based on color, the texture but most importantly the scent. My favorite flower is the one with the very small flowers on the stem, the Genista flower. It's a funny plant when you see it, just an ordinary bush with flowers so small you don't even notice them. But one stem in a vase brings a different story of the intricate little flowers. And the scent is so soft and lovely. A huge contrast to the Hyacinths, the pink colored thicker flowers, with their heavier fragrance. These flowers are the perfect natural perfume selection for the atelier.

Love Soraya

02 April, 2014

Style Cravings: The Altuzarra Mule

Remember the mule shoe? Well they are here to stay and thank you Altuzarra for giving them a ├╝ber feminine modern touch.
I have to say that with his prices beginning at 750 euros it's not for my budget. But ZARA has a couple of cheaper versions in the new collection.
Let's see...

*sigh*...I don't know man... it's not even close two totally different styles... one is elegant the other more robust and casual...

My love goes to the Altuzarra's... one day we shall meet.

What do you think of the mule shoe, would you rock it or leave it back in the '90s?

You can find the collection at theline shop plus an interview with designer Joseph Altuzarra

Love Soraya

Source: TheLine & ZARA

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