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Jing Jiang: Central Saint Martins. Selected Graduate 2019

Published: 28.10.2019
Jing Jiang Jing Jiang
Author:
BA (Hons) Jewellery Design Central Saint Martins
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2019
Jing Jiang. Ring: Weighting Feathers, 2019. Brass, goose feather.. 7 x 2 x 5.2 cm. From series: Weighting Feathers. Photo by Jing Jiang.. Jing Jiang
Ring: Weighting Feathers, 2019
Brass, goose feather.
7 x 2 x 5.2 cm
From series: Weighting Feathers

Photo by Jing Jiang.

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Intro
At the start of her final year, Jing was fascinated by the processes and finishes found in objects, ornaments and jewellery made with extreme levels of craftsmanship and skill.Jing explored traditional and modern techniques to find materials and forms where she could communicate her visual language and material exploration. Focusing on the traditional Chinese technique of Tian Tsui, which uses blue kingfisher feathers to inlay and cover surfaces of ornaments, Jing sought to create a modern interpretation and use of this technique. Aiming to incorporate and celebrate both the refinement of Chinese traditional craftsmanship and the minimal aesthetics of western modernism Jing created a stunning collection of jewellery pieces. The use of Goose and Turkey feathers, produced as waste materials from the food industry, gives the work and technique a more sustainable future. This collection, though its visual & technical quality successfully brings a traditional technique into a modern context.
/ Course leader: Giles Last.
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, United Kingdom.


Weighting Feathers

This collection is a thorough exploration of the complex traditional technique of Tian Tsui, which utilizes kingfisher feathers as an inlay for fine art objects and adornments, and the beauty of feather itself. Using physical sense as the medium, I tried to sculpt my designs so as to bring together the refinement of traditional Chinese craftsmanship and the minimal aesthetics of western modernism. 

The delicate bird feathers – from various birds rather than kingfisher – play visual tricks, confounding our expectations. It's not about what we see at first glance: something more is waiting to be discovered. Every piece is intended to arouse people’s curiosity towards the material, questioning: what is it that I am looking at? In this collection, the feather is also acting as a metaphor to the declining world of fine craftsmanship, where beauty is often unnoticed and undervalued. But I believe that eventually, soft delicacy will transform into mightiness.

In addition to the technique investigation, this project is also developing a new approach to sustainability. The store in which I bought the feathers from, the Feather Factory, has been sourcing the material from farms and kitchens. The poultry feathers they use would ordinarily be treated as a waste product and therefore thrown away without use. By replacing the endangered kingfisher’s feathers to discarded goose and turkey feathers, I am trying to develop the traditional Tian Tsui technique in a more sustainable contemporary way.



More work and contacts:
Email: chloejiang.0221@gmail.com
Instagram: jiangsanri

Name of graduation student: Jing Jiang.
Name of the guiding teacher: Giles Last, Lin Cheung.


Find out more about the courses at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
 
Jing Jiang. Ring: Weighting Feathers, 2019. Brass, goose feather.. 7 x 2 x 5.2 cm. From series: Weighting Feathers. On body.
. Photo by Mireia Ludevid Llop.. Jing Jiang
Ring: Weighting Feathers, 2019
Brass, goose feather.
7 x 2 x 5.2 cm
From series: Weighting Feathers

On body.
Photo by Mireia Ludevid Llop.

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Jing Jiang. Pin: Weighting Feathers, 2019. Brass, goose feather.. 7.1 x 1.1 x 7.1 cm. From series: Weighting Feathers. Photo by Jing Jiang.Pocket pin.. Jing Jiang
Pin: Weighting Feathers, 2019
Brass, goose feather.
7.1 x 1.1 x 7.1 cm
From series: Weighting Feathers

Photo by Jing Jiang.
Pocket pin.

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Jing Jiang. Pin: Weighting Feathers, 2019. Brass, goose feather.. 7.1 x 1.1 x 7.1 cm. From series: Weighting Feathers. On body.
. Photo by Mireia Ludevid Llop.Pocket pin.. Jing Jiang
Pin: Weighting Feathers, 2019
Brass, goose feather.
7.1 x 1.1 x 7.1 cm
From series: Weighting Feathers

On body.
Photo by Mireia Ludevid Llop.
Pocket pin.

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Jing Jiang. Brooch: Weighting Feathers, 2019. Brass, goose feather.. 2.8 x 0.4 x 11.5 cm. From series: Weighting Feathers. Photo by Jing Jiang.Side brooch.. Jing Jiang
Brooch: Weighting Feathers, 2019
Brass, goose feather.
2.8 x 0.4 x 11.5 cm
From series: Weighting Feathers

Photo by Jing Jiang.
Side brooch.

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Jing Jiang. Brooch: Weighting Feathers, 2019. Brass, goose feather.. 2.8 x 0.4 x 11.5 cm. From series: Weighting Feathers. Back view.
. Photo by Jing Jiang.Side brooch.. Jing Jiang
Brooch: Weighting Feathers, 2019
Brass, goose feather.
2.8 x 0.4 x 11.5 cm
From series: Weighting Feathers

Back view.
Photo by Jing Jiang.
Side brooch.

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Jing Jiang. Earrings: Weighting Feathers, 2019. Brass, turkey feather.. 7 x 1.7 x 7 cm. From series: Weighting Feathers. Photo by Jing Jiang.. Jing Jiang
Earrings: Weighting Feathers, 2019
Brass, turkey feather.
7 x 1.7 x 7 cm
From series: Weighting Feathers

Photo by Jing Jiang.

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Jing Jiang. Earrings: Weighting Feathers, 2019. Brass, turkey feather.. 7 x 1.7 x 7 cm. From series: Weighting Feathers. On body.
. Photo by Mireia Ludevid Llop.. Jing Jiang
Earrings: Weighting Feathers, 2019
Brass, turkey feather.
7 x 1.7 x 7 cm
From series: Weighting Feathers

On body.
Photo by Mireia Ludevid Llop.

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