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Birmingham City School of Jewellery. MA Degree Show 2019

Exhibition  /  SchoolsDegreeShow2019   EmergingValues  /  03 Sep 2019  -  09 Sep 2019
Published: 07.10.2019
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Intro
When the artists exhibiting here joined us at the School of Jewellery, their very first project involved them exploring the industrial heritage at the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The first few weeks of the course saw them responding to the environment, talking to its people, working with found materials and exploring first-hand the cultural shifts that would resound throughout their first months away from home: they researched Birmingham’s canals, squares, graveyards and green spaces, and generated bold work that saw them engaging with people and place.

Artist list

Xiaoyong An, Shiqi Cai, Yixuan Chen, Jiaxin Ding, Mengjia Ding, Shuxin Dong, Yilin Dong, Yanlong Duan, Yonghui Duan, Huaiko Hsu, Mingxi Huang, Yiran Jin, Yu Ting Lien, Chia Hsien Lin, Chienyu Liu, Yuanyuan Liu, Jing Ma, Caifeiyang Shen, Xinyu Sheng, Haoda Wang, Molly Wang, Shiyun Wang, Shu Ching Wang, Yuke Wang, Huirong Xiao, Xinyao Xie, Chenfeng Xu, Yang Yang, Ying Yang, Lanyue Zhang, Xiaolin Zhang, Yaodan Zhang
Since then this group has made both the School and the Jewellery Quarter their home. Applying an artist’s eye to the world around them, they have asked questions, taken things apart and remade them to find answers to some of the questions that structure our lives. In these turbulent times, the students’ interests range from the political and social to the spiritual and personal. Topics of love, identity, sustainability and the environment, capitalism, feminism, sensory experience, wellbeing and more are explored across an enormous variety of medias, scales and formats. The breadth of the work in the show is a testament to their curiosity and willingness to explore new ground.

Our students have travelled a long way, from educational, social and economic systems that differ vastly from ours and, in doing so, they have learned to challenge existing habits and ways of thinking. We learn, too, about cultures different from our own – about cultural practices, patterns of interaction, social capital – and about how people accommodate the significant change. The artists have been supported on their creative journeys by a staff team including Rebecca Steiner, Zoe Robertson, Jivan Astfalck, Bridie Lander, as well as myself. A fabulous team of Artists-in-Residence have generously shared their experience with the cohort throughout the year; my thanks to Naomi Clarke, Nikki Pugh, Zoe Rogers, Matt Gale and Julia Schechner for their care and support.  And of course, the School of Jewellery family would not function without colleagues who provide vital behind-the-scenes support, including the technical team and administrative support. 

Our students have come a long way in terms of their ability to build and change and grow and think and create, and I am very much looking forward to seeing where their journeys take them next.  Such is the power of jewellery, I like to think they’ll be taking a little piece of the School of Jewellery with them when they go. 


/Sian Hindle
Course Leader, MA Jewellery and Related Products
 
Xiaoyong An. Brooch: Songs of Innocence, 2019. Silver, resin, paper, photo.. 5.5 x 4 x 3 cm. 
. Each childhood photo is a story that tells the story of each person's growing up. This work uses the fairy tale book and the childhood photo as the material to make a series of brooch works. These stories and photos are wrapped in a bubble of memories, aiming to express childhood memories like these bubbles full of stories and dreamlike colors.. Xiaoyong An
Brooch: Songs of Innocence, 2019
Silver, resin, paper, photo.
5.5 x 4 x 3 cm

Each childhood photo is a story that tells the story of each person's growing up. This work uses the fairy tale book and the childhood photo as the material to make a series of brooch works. These stories and photos are wrapped in a bubble of memories, aiming to express childhood memories like these bubbles full of stories and dreamlike colors.

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Yu Ting Lien. Necklace: Movement, 2019. Gold plated copper.. 48 x 15 x 0.5 cm. 
. Yu-Ting Lien creates moveable jewellery pieces that combine structural and moving elements. From the wearer start to wearing the jewellery, the movements are begun and it will continue moving well the wearer doing every single move. Her designs wish to convert that sense of movement whilst else invite the wearer to play and interact with them.. Yu Ting Lien
Necklace: Movement, 2019
Gold plated copper.
48 x 15 x 0.5 cm

Yu-Ting Lien creates moveable jewellery pieces that combine structural and moving elements. From the wearer start to wearing the jewellery, the movements are begun and it will continue moving well the wearer doing every single move. Her designs wish to convert that sense of movement whilst else invite the wearer to play and interact with them.

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Lanyue Zhang. Brooch: Order & Disorder, 2019. Gold plated copper.. 9 x 6 x 2.5 cm. 
. To what extent the idea of order exists in the way people see things in the world? Some people’s experience of ‘disorder’ generates a state of anxiety that drives them to compulsively do things to fix, organise or arrange. The precision and attention to detail involved in jewellery design lead her to an increasing need or compulsion to create high quality, ‘perfectly’ finished pieces.. Lanyue Zhang
Brooch: Order & Disorder, 2019
Gold plated copper.
9 x 6 x 2.5 cm

To what extent the idea of order exists in the way people see things in the world? Some people’s experience of ‘disorder’ generates a state of anxiety that drives them to compulsively do things to fix, organise or arrange. The precision and attention to detail involved in jewellery design lead her to an increasing need or compulsion to create high quality, ‘perfectly’ finished pieces.

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Molly Wang. Necklace: Rhizome No.2, 2019. Oxidized copper, sponge, leather cord.. 7.5 x 4 x 75 cm. 
. No centrality, no hierarchy, no expectation, no restriction.
. Molly’s work is inspired by her passion for metalsmithing as it’s a slow process allows for changing during the making. From the signifier to the signified, she creates the rhizomatic pieces to tell an expanding way of thinking and making, rather than the singular “right” way.
. She encourages the audience to wear them in different ways without expectation and enjoy this kind of freedom.. Molly Wang
Necklace: Rhizome No.2, 2019
Oxidized copper, sponge, leather cord.
7.5 x 4 x 75 cm

No centrality, no hierarchy, no expectation, no restriction.
Molly’s work is inspired by her passion for metalsmithing as it’s a slow process allows for changing during the making. From the signifier to the signified, she creates the rhizomatic pieces to tell an expanding way of thinking and making, rather than the singular “right” way.
She encourages the audience to wear them in different ways without expectation and enjoy this kind of freedom.

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Jing Ma. Bracelet: Mending, 2019. Brass, porcelain.. 5 x 5 x 5 cm. 
. Jing Ma’s project is about the act of mending and giving new life. She believes that nowadays people tend to get rid of things to quickly and the feeling of caring for and valuing things is disappearing. Instead, her work is about accepting rather than rejecting imperfections and that what is broken or damaged can be a form of beauty.. Jing Ma
Bracelet: Mending, 2019
Brass, porcelain.
5 x 5 x 5 cm

Jing Ma’s project is about the act of mending and giving new life. She believes that nowadays people tend to get rid of things to quickly and the feeling of caring for and valuing things is disappearing. Instead, her work is about accepting rather than rejecting imperfections and that what is broken or damaged can be a form of beauty.

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Yuke Wang. Brooch: Transformer, 2019. Semi-transparent mirror, ABS, florescent material.. Left: 4 x 12 x 3 cm; Right: 10 x 10 x 4 cm. 
. This series of work is a new exploration to combine toy and jewellery. Not only making it wearable, but also adding more playability and interestingness. The shape is based on Ernő Rubik's invention, which contains high changeability. Also, some hints implying the shapes are hidden inside the work. After observation under the light, the audience will find the hints with surprise.. Yuke Wang
Brooch: Transformer, 2019
Semi-transparent mirror, ABS, florescent material.
Left: 4 x 12 x 3 cm; Right: 10 x 10 x 4 cm

This series of work is a new exploration to combine toy and jewellery. Not only making it wearable, but also adding more playability and interestingness. The shape is based on Ernő Rubik's invention, which contains high changeability. Also, some hints implying the shapes are hidden inside the work. After observation under the light, the audience will find the hints with surprise.

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Shiyun Wang. Brooch: Sugar trap, 2019. Expanding foaming, brass, copper, jesmonite, resin.. 13.5 x 8 x 5 cm. 
. She was inspired by low-fat packaging in peoples ’daily life. People can easily consume too much fat and sugar unconsciously when they enjoy it. Her collection aims to remind people of the dangers of sweet processed foods.. Shiyun Wang
Brooch: Sugar trap, 2019
Expanding foaming, brass, copper, jesmonite, resin.
13.5 x 8 x 5 cm

She was inspired by low-fat packaging in peoples ’daily life. People can easily consume too much fat and sugar unconsciously when they enjoy it. Her collection aims to remind people of the dangers of sweet processed foods.

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Yuanyuan Liu. Ring: Dynamic Between Freedom and Restriction, 2019. Gold plating brass, resin.. 5 x 5 x 10 cm. 
. Yuanyuan’s project explores the ideas about the dynamic between freedom and restriction, which was inspired by her experiences of overpowering parental authority. This has led her to create jewellery that wishes to communicate dynamics that affects and involves both sides. The pieces are therefore movable structures in order to express these ideas through interaction and movement, constraint and release.. Yuanyuan Liu
Ring: Dynamic Between Freedom and Restriction, 2019
Gold plating brass, resin.
5 x 5 x 10 cm

Yuanyuan’s project explores the ideas about the dynamic between freedom and restriction, which was inspired by her experiences of overpowering parental authority. This has led her to create jewellery that wishes to communicate dynamics that affects and involves both sides. The pieces are therefore movable structures in order to express these ideas through interaction and movement, constraint and release.

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Chia Hsien Lin. Object: Smiling Memories, 2019. Gelatine, soap base, essential oil, silver plated brass.. 22 x 15 x 12 cm. 
. Chia-Hsien Lin’s project was inspired by her own experience when discovering scents in daily life which directly connect her with past moments. ­Her work aims to create sensuous immediacy through the physical and material engagement with the sense of smell, not only touch or vision. The scents in her jewellery pieces seek to create direct connections with feelings and experiences.. Chia Hsien Lin
Object: Smiling Memories, 2019
Gelatine, soap base, essential oil, silver plated brass.
22 x 15 x 12 cm

Chia-Hsien Lin’s project was inspired by her own experience when discovering scents in daily life which directly connect her with past moments. ­Her work aims to create sensuous immediacy through the physical and material engagement with the sense of smell, not only touch or vision. The scents in her jewellery pieces seek to create direct connections with feelings and experiences.

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Haoda Wang. Object: Stage Cabinet, 2019. Copper, paper.. 4 x 5.8 x 4.3 cm. 
. As the cabinet for the stage, the pictures and stuff as the actors, playing a performance audience.. Haoda Wang
Object: Stage Cabinet, 2019
Copper, paper.
4 x 5.8 x 4.3 cm

As the cabinet for the stage, the pictures and stuff as the actors, playing a performance audience.

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Yiran Jin. Ring: See Yourself, 2019. Metal. 7 x 8.3 x 7.9 cm. 
. Her jewellery designs originated from the philosophical, and existential question of ‘who we are. People had multiple characters and their personality type is a result of environmental. Her jewellery that combines reflective elements and mirror polish surfaces. These are both conceptual and aesthetically pleasing and delicate. Each piece is made of brass and professionally plated to suggest material quality and endurance.. Yiran Jin
Ring: See Yourself, 2019
Metal
7 x 8.3 x 7.9 cm

Her jewellery designs originated from the philosophical, and existential question of ‘who we are. People had multiple characters and their personality type is a result of environmental. Her jewellery that combines reflective elements and mirror polish surfaces. These are both conceptual and aesthetically pleasing and delicate. Each piece is made of brass and professionally plated to suggest material quality and endurance.

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Yixuan Chen. Brooch: My Body, My Right, 2019. Metal, wool, PVA glue.. 4 x 4 x 6 cm. 
. Her jewelry designs explore the association between the woman activism especially pro-choice movements with the awareness of woman. The pro-choice movement is mainly endeavoring for Abortion and productive rights, which are important elements of women’s right. She creates jewelry that combines special material with a visual message. she tries to use slogans like“my body, my right, my choice” and so forth as the main signal to reminder more women to pay attention to their right.. Yixuan Chen
Brooch: My Body, My Right, 2019
Metal, wool, PVA glue.
4 x 4 x 6 cm

Her jewelry designs explore the association between the woman activism especially pro-choice movements with the awareness of woman. The pro-choice movement is mainly endeavoring for Abortion and productive rights, which are important elements of women’s right. She creates jewelry that combines special material with a visual message. she tries to use slogans like“my body, my right, my choice” and so forth as the main signal to reminder more women to pay attention to their right.

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Xinyao Xie. Brooch: When I Miss You, 2019. Wood felt, screen-printing.. 20 x 25 cm. 
. Her works try to express the feelings of missing each other in love. Nowadays, many of whom are unable to see each other for a long period of time. But there would never stop missing each other psychologically. And I hope that through my works, people can feel that the mood of missing is soft and beautiful whether their Mr. or Mrs. Right is around or not.. Xinyao Xie
Brooch: When I Miss You, 2019
Wood felt, screen-printing.
20 x 25 cm

Her works try to express the feelings of missing each other in love. Nowadays, many of whom are unable to see each other for a long period of time. But there would never stop missing each other psychologically. And I hope that through my works, people can feel that the mood of missing is soft and beautiful whether their Mr. or Mrs. Right is around or not.

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Xinyu Sheng. Object: Memory, 2019. Fabric, pearl, button, silk thread, enamel.. 3.3 x 3 x 1.5 cm. 
. Her diary is the link between her and the world.and it also connects her past and her present. So she sewed it up the fabric and make it into jewellery. Each piece of her work represents a sweet memory.. Xinyu Sheng
Object: Memory, 2019
Fabric, pearl, button, silk thread, enamel.
3.3 x 3 x 1.5 cm

Her diary is the link between her and the world.and it also connects her past and her present. So she sewed it up the fabric and make it into jewellery. Each piece of her work represents a sweet memory.

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Shu Ching Wang. Ring: Wild, 2019. Walnut, cow bone, brass.. 5 x 5 x 3 cm. 
. Based upon the concept of “The Uncanny”. Inspired by the Rorschach Test, biblical themes, and sharing imagery with children’s stories (Alice in Wonderland, Where the Wild Things Are). That which can be seen or interpreted changes depending on a viewers position and even temperament. Represented in the fearful symmetry of nature, using primitive materials such as wood and animal bones.. Shu Ching Wang
Ring: Wild, 2019
Walnut, cow bone, brass.
5 x 5 x 3 cm

Based upon the concept of “The Uncanny”. Inspired by the Rorschach Test, biblical themes, and sharing imagery with children’s stories (Alice in Wonderland, Where the Wild Things Are). That which can be seen or interpreted changes depending on a viewers position and even temperament. Represented in the fearful symmetry of nature, using primitive materials such as wood and animal bones.

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Yonghui Duan. Object: Plastic into Bodies, 2019. Copper, brass, silver plating, bioplastic.. 15 x 4 x 1 cm. 
. Yonghui Duan was inspired by the question of where food packaging is going. Most food packages are being made of plastic and end up in the ocean. Her collection of contemporary jewellery and tools combines both aesthetics and function but also aims at being thought-provoking. The pieces are interactive, wishing the audience to realise how serious the problem of plastic pollution really is. . Yonghui Duan
Object: Plastic into Bodies, 2019
Copper, brass, silver plating, bioplastic.
15 x 4 x 1 cm

Yonghui Duan was inspired by the question of where food packaging is going. Most food packages are being made of plastic and end up in the ocean. Her collection of contemporary jewellery and tools combines both aesthetics and function but also aims at being thought-provoking. The pieces are interactive, wishing the audience to realise how serious the problem of plastic pollution really is. 
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Yang Yang. Necklace: Signal, 2019. 3.3 x 1.1 cm. 
. There is always some signal and sign about flirting between men and women. But virtual signals sometimes may be confusing and not fully delivered. When the signal is materialized, it can greatly help effective communication and emotional expression. It might seem nerve-wracking to start flirting and put yourself out there, but fear not — Flirting tools can help.. Yang Yang
Necklace: Signal, 2019
3.3 x 1.1 cm

There is always some signal and sign about flirting between men and women. But virtual signals sometimes may be confusing and not fully delivered. When the signal is materialized, it can greatly help effective communication and emotional expression. It might seem nerve-wracking to start flirting and put yourself out there, but fear not — Flirting tools can help.

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