Jewellery designer Yuki Mitsuyasu (above).
Jewellery designer Yuki Mitsuyasu (above).PHOTO: COURTESY OF YUKI MITSUYASU

Who: Yuki Mitsuyasu, 33, jewellery designer and maker Born in Yokohama, Japan, Mitsuyasu came to Singapore with her family in 1987 because of her father's work. It was during her school years that she knew she wanted to be a jewellery designer.

On Aug 7, she will be holding a ring-making workshop organised by Public Garden, a community of independent businesses and creative individuals. Tickets are sold out.

Her designs are sold on her website ( and at National Gallery Singapore and Tangs in Orchard Road.

What are you reading now?

What Is The What by Dave Eggers. I normally visit the library to find books to read, but I found this book on the list recommended by TED speakers.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks.

Jewellery designer Yuki Mitsuyasu (above).
What Is The What by Dave Eggers.

What Is The What is a biography of Valentino Achak Deng and his story of escaping southern Sudan and his harsh journey with the "lost boys" - other young boys who had lost their families in the war.

He reached Ethiopia and, from the refugee camp, was one of the lucky ones selected and sent to the United States.

It's heartbreaking to read about what's happening in the world. It is very real, but you also see humanity, so it is heart-warming.

The way Eggers writes is sometimes humorous as well. I never knew about what was happening in south and north Sudan and about the "lost boys" until I read the book.

What books would you save from a burning house?

I would say a jewellery making reference book. I've had Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition by Tim McCreight for more than 10 years.

I like to collect jewellery-related books. When I came across this book, I bought it.

McCreight is a jeweller. Most books have photos, but this has his illustrations. It's practical. There is extra information and that can be quite humorous. I refer to the book all the time.

Jewellery designer Yuki Mitsuyasu (above).
Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition by Tim McCreight

• What Is The What by Dave Eggers (2007, Vintage Books, $28.90) is available at Books Kinokuniya and Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition by Tim McCreight (2005, Brynmorgen Press, $45.33) is available from

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 24, 2016, with the headline 'Bookends'. Print Edition | Subscribe