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My work questions the subject of jewellery. Lecture by Lin Cheung at the Koru2 International Contemporary Jewellery Symposium

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Published: 03.01.2007
My work questions the subject of jewellery. Lecture by Lin Cheung at the Koru2 International Contemporary Jewellery Symposium.
Author:
Lin Cheung
Edited by:
Koru2
Edited at:
Lappeenranta
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Intro
Lin Cheung is a jewellery artist, designer and Reader in Jewellery at Central Saint Martins. She trained at the Royal College of Art and lives and works in the UK. Her approach to designing and making questions the established and authorized uses and meanings of jewellery and objects. Her work is a personal response to everyday experiences and observations. Lin works independently and collaboratively on private and public commissions, personal research projects and design projects. She has won several awards for her work and exhibits internationally in major museums and galleries.
Conference notes from Lin Cheung at the Koru2 International Contemporary Jewellery Symposium

My work questions the subject of jewellery, teasing out our relationships with it: what we wear and why we wear it.

The focus for my making is about communicating an observation from the ordinary and extraordinary life around us. It analyses our relationships with each other and our relationships with the meaningful objects we own and use in our daily lives. It also questions the subject of jewellery, teasing out our relationships with it: what we wear and why we wear it. The ‘unique value’ associated with jewellery, be it intrinsic, inherent, perceived or added to jewellery through the owning and wearing of it informs my recent work and is the basis for further research. From these lines of inquiry, I begin to shape ideas into wearable and usable pieces with renewed meaning.

‘Locked lockets’ is a series of pendants that aims to visualize the sentimental value of a piece of jewellery and the personal meanings placed onto it by the wearer that a viewer has no access to.



Lin Cheung, Pendant: Secret, 2005, 18 ct Gold


‘Secret’ 2005
Permanently sealed inside is a real secret. It can be heard when worn but never revealed.

‘Breath/e’ 2005
Erotic words appear on the cold metal surface of the pendant with a single breath at close proximity. An extract from ‘Lover’ by Paul Éluard (1895 – 1952)

‘Through and through’ 2005
Holds a cherished gold ring, all the way through the piece

‘Golden years’ 2005
The golden years of a relationship, like a seam of gold formed between the earth’s layers, needs to be carefully excavated and preserved as reminder of times of great emotional wealth.

‘By heart’ 2005
Five visually identical pendants but each is of a different weight, prompting the viewer to choose the one that ultimately ‘feels’ right.

‘Hidden value’ 2006
Lockets are symbols of sentimental value, often containing a photograph or a lock of hair from a loved one. Whether a locket is full or empty, the perception of preciousness is in the concept of the locket itself: believing that it should contain something of value. Whether the lockets of this necklace are full or empty is of no consequence to the final meaning, either way, the value remains hidden.

‘Safe place’ 2006
Often the emotional value of a piece of jewellery can be determined by where it is placed when it is off the body. ‘Safe place’ is a moveable, temporary ‘home’ environment for a piece of jewellery to sit for a short period of time away from its owner. Especially useful for when both owner and jewellery find themselves in strange hotel rooms.
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