Irene grew up surrounded by the heirloom collection of porcelain, textiles, paintings and jewelry from her Chinese grandparents. Her fascination with these objects only grew as her family traveled around the globe. Soon she was crafting her own pieces,from jewelry to pottery and eventually paintings at Whitman College, where she received a B.A. in studio art.
In 2011, Irene launched her own jewelry line, History+Industry. “My pieces are infused with elements of royal costuming,” says Irene, “but they function as protective armor for the day to day.” Hand-built from materials ranging from metals, semi-precious stones and painted wood, each talisman provides an opportunity for its participant to imagine and foster their own personal mythology. Irene has been featured on Fab, Daily Candy, Sunset Magazine, Coolhunting, and Coco+Kelley.