Portland Monthly – June 12, 2017
"Owner T Ngu credits her family’s history for the shop’s focus on people who are often underrepresented in the design community. Her mother, brother, and extended family left war-torn Vietnam on a boat of 2,000 people squished tightly together, a treacherous trip that included an attempted pirate invasion. After Ngu was conceived at a refugee camp in Hong Kong in 1979, her family was sponsored by an American couple, who flew them to Minnesota and helped them find a home and learn English. That act of kindness still sits with Ngu today."
Jewelry designer and newly minted shop-boss T Ngu doesn’t object to the synergy between art and activism – in fact, she’s made it her mission to champion and bridge the divide via her newly-opened shop, Project Object. Built upon the pillars of community, style and feminism the Portland-based shop and event space aims to empower individuals from all walks of life. As she mentioned in our interview below: “I love each and every artist and their work and really believe in them all. Their minds are filled with creation and one of the best things is to see that come to life. I see it as creating love, joy and a connection that everyone can feel.”
Honey Kennedy - November 16, 2016
I love this wonderful and timely launch of jewels from Portland’s Project Object — a new project by Upper Metal Class and local designer T Ngu. T is clever, talented, and has such an amazing heart. So far her project includes 3 pieces in several finishes that benefit one of my favorite local charities supporting women in immediate need. These beautiful designs make awesome tokens of love and solidarity for the women in our lives during these difficult days now and the many we have ahead. First there is THE GIRLS RINGS (also available as THE GIRLS NECKLACE/RING) for us to wear in support of our feminist goals. Then there are T’s HER RINGS that honor Hillary and an uplifting reminder that we’ve got each other’s backs.