The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Thursday, October 22, 2020


Yupadee Kobkulboonsiri, designer of otherworldly jewelry, dies at 51
In an undated image provided via Kobkulboonsiri family, Yupadee Kobkulboonsiri. Kobkulboonsiri, who made whimsical high-end jewelry and transformed everyday objects into artwork, died of the novel coronavirus on April 27, 2020, at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn. She was 51. Via Kobkulboonsiri family via The New York Times.

by Penelope Green



NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Yupadee Kobkulboonsiri made fantastical jewelry — neck cuffs with silver springs ending in pearls that looked like asteroids, necklaces that looped over a shoulder and erupted in diamonds and pearls. She won awards at every trade competition she entered.

She transformed everyday objects into artworks, too: She would buy sandals and weave shells into them. She would crochet flowers with saffron yellow yarn for the Buddhist temples she frequented (and knit tissue-box covers for the monks there).

She could peel an apple in one stroke with her eyes closed.

Kobkulboonsiri died on April 27 at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn. She was 51. Steven Fishman, her husband, said the cause was the novel coronavirus.

Kobkulboonsiri was a couture jewelry designer whose whimsical pieces made her stand out at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she learned her craft and later taught.

In the late 1990s, James Grunberger, the third-generation owner of a jewelry company in Stamford, Connecticut, called the school to ask for its most creative graduate. “I was tired of boring designers, and I asked them for their savant,” Grunberger said.

The professors recommended Kobkulboonsiri.

She remained at Grunberger’s for two decades, introducing him to one of her favorite bands, the Velvet Underground, and challenging his fabricator, Rupert Scheufler, a master jeweler who was classically trained in Vienna, to make ever more complex and beautiful pieces from her designs.

Kobkulboonsiri was born on Aug. 10, 1968, in Bangkok. Her mother, Pornthip Sae Wong, was a homemaker, and her father, Manus Kobkulboonsiri, worked in finance.




She earned a BFA in decorative and visual communication design from Silpakorn University in Bangkok in 1986, after which she worked as an art director at Grey/Thailand, the global advertising agency’s Bangkok headquarters. (Nice for the résumé, she felt, but her heart wasn’t in it.)

She came to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute, where in 1999 she earned an associate of applied science degree in jewelry design.

For nearly a decade she lived at the Jeanne d’Arc Residence on West 24th Street, women’s housing run by the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky. Her room was spare: a bed, a desk, an office chair, a Buddhist shrine, with the drawings she was working on tacked to the wall.

The residence was a cost-saving measure so she could send money home to her family, which she did every month until her death. The nuns were strict, and male visitors were allowed only for brief visits and only in the dimly lit waiting room.

Fishman, who is also an artist, was teaching sculpture at the School of Visual Arts, and, in the years before she moved into his loft in Williamsburg, he would dash over for lunch or to steal a kiss.

In addition to her husband and parents, Kobkulboonsiri is survived by her brothers, P’Yuth Kobkulboonsiri and Satta Kobkulboonsiri, and her sister, P’Jim Dusdi Pinpradup.

In recent years she had been eager to design less rarefied work, and she and Fishman had been making furniture together, mosaic tables and brass lamps etched with whorls and spirals.

Even Kobkulboonsiri’s hair was gallery ready, cut in an asymmetrical bob. It was as strong as steel, Fishman said. Either he or she cut it, because she didn’t trust anyone else to get it right. As a Buddhist, she was practiced in letting things go, Fishman said, but she was also a perfectionist.

“That’s good, but can you try to make it straighter?” she would urge him.

© 2020 The New York Times Company










Today's News

June 19, 2020

Four Confederate portraits are removed from US Capitol

Barnett Newman's Onement V leads ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century at Christie's

Bids fly for Victor Hugo's Paris siege balloon sketch

René Magritte's 'L'arc de triomphe, 1962' to highlight the London selection of ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century

Online Pablo Picasso auction raises almost £5 million

Lost masterpiece of Chinese porcelain rediscovered in a remote country house in central Europe

Rijksmuseum presents new acquisition at reopening

Vera Lynn: the 'Forces' Sweetheart' of WWII Britain

Celebrity portraits by Mark Seliger total $232,375 at Christie's

Violin-makers tune in to tradition of Stradivarius in Italy's Cremona

Contemporary Art at Swann June 25: Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Hambleton, Roy Lichtenstein, Julie Mehretu & more

Giorgio Morandi's classic 'Natura Morta 1951' leads Sotheby's Contemporary Art sale in Milan

Von Bartha announces representation of Barry Flanagan Estate in Switzerland and of Francisco Sierra worldwide

Denny O'Neil, writer who left his mark on Batman, dies at 81

Yupadee Kobkulboonsiri, designer of otherworldly jewelry, dies at 51

Frederick C. Tillis, composer who straddled genres, dies at 90

My journey to writing an opera about police violence

Phillips announces 20th Century & Contemporary Art Sales in New York

100% sell-through rate in The Artist's Studio auction at Freeman's

Tunisia rediscovers traditional art of calligraphy

Shannon's announces highlights included in its Summer Online Fine Art Auction

Fantastic firsts and dynamic debuts soar in Heritage's July Comic & Comic Art event

Picasso's 1934 portrait of muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter to highlight Sotheby's sale

As London bookstores reopen, eager readers return

Are Hemp Flower Buds Legal in the USA? Helpful Insights to Know

7 123movies Alternatives to Try Out

Trademark Protection As Your Business Evolves

Why Would I Need to Call a Heating Contractor?

4 Types of Support That You Want From Your Air Conditioning Service

5 Signs That Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning

Financial Tips by taking Personal Loans





Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful