Choi Young-Eun is the creative director,designer and jeweler of CYE Designs Jewelry, based in Seoul,Korea since 2005. Young-Eun has a formal background in fine art,not fashion, and this background is the foundation of her brand. She obtained a BFA in Painting while living in Seoul before moving to the US in 1995 and got another BFA in Painting at the RhodeIsland School of Design. After that she moved to NYC starting MFA program in Sculpture at Hunter College CUNY.
While living in NYC, she worked for various art related jobs like any other artists in school , such as working for galleries and she worked for Vito Acconci, Acconci Studio in Brooklyn Dumbo as a scale model maker. She was still primarily focused on art so the transition into the jewelry designs and fashion world occurred slowly.
In 2002, starting first as a hobby and outlet for her creativity, she began making jewelry through learning goldsmith and silversmith at a local private studio in Williamsburg and the School of Visual Arts.
In 2005, Young-Eun moved back to Seoul to officially launch her business and started selling in high-end boutiques and department stores. Here in Seoul, where jewlery manufacturing infrastructure is very active, she can work on her designs very efficiently to bring out the best quality products.
@CYE_Studio is where all her designs are created by her and through classes she run in the studio she prevails upon her students to become designers.