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Michelle Chung. University for the Creative Arts. New Talent Award Nominee 2021

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Published: 02.12.2021
Michelle Chung Michelle Chung
Author:
University for the Creative Arts
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2021
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Intro
London architecture, from the Brutalist buildings on the South Bank to contemporary architecture has been a key factor in Michelle’s developing practice. The jewellery she designs and makes has a distinct architectural quality; indeed, she spends a great deal of time making card models to understand the objects and the landscape of the body before moving into her materials of choice, which are reduced to only two or three in a piece.
/ Debra Allman
Name of graduation student: Michelle Chung
Name of guiding teachers: Debra Allman

Nominated by University for the Creative Arts, UK.


Michelle’s project on MA Jewellery in UCA Farnham explores the notion of the body as locus for jewellery artefacts, which require the wearer to interact with the objects in ways other than the conventional means of wearing, for example, a ring.
London architecture, from the Brutalist buildings on the South Bank to contemporary architecture has been a key factor in Michelle’s developing practice. The jewellery she designs and makes has a distinct architectural quality; indeed, she spends a great deal of time making card models to understand the objects and the landscape of the body before moving into her materials of choice, which are reduced to only two or three in a piece.
Michelle’s work challenges the wearer to re-evaluate how we wear or use such jewellery objects and why.

/ Debra Allman. Programme Director Jewellery, Ceramics and Glass, UCA Farnham


Summary of the Master Thesis:
Living in London and observing the changes within the urban environment has significantly contributed to my practice and area of research. The current research investigates physical built environments inhabited as a visual stimulus with the aim of creating site-specific objects designed for a particular location and that have an interrelationship with the body.
Utilising the body as the landscape, I have been exploring how jewellery objects become the architecture positioned and developed in relation to that landscape. Whilst continuing to challenge the boundaries of wearability and the body’s silhouette, as a contemporary jeweller, I perceive jewellery to be an extension of the human body. At present the current body of research has allowed my work to be more explorative, futuristic, and editorial, which has contributed towards beginning to identify with the field of avant-garde fashion.
The materials I have used in this series reflect the qualities of those used in built environments and are limited in this collection to jesmonite and plywood.
Michelle Chung


More work and contacts:
Email: michelle_chung@hotmail.co.uk
Instagram: @michellechungjewellery

Find out more about the courses at University for the Creative Arts.
 
Michelle Chung. Hand Piece: Hand Object 1, 2021. Jesmonite, plywood. . 7 x 6.5 x 4 cm. Unique piece
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. Living in London and observing the changes within the urban environment has significantly contributed to my practice and area of research. The current research investigates physical built environments inhabited as a visual stimulus with the aim of creating site-specific objects designed for a particular location and that have an interrelationship with the body.
. Utilising the body as the landscape, I have been exploring how jewellery objects become the architecture positioned and developed in relation to that landscape. Whilst continuing to challenge the boundaries of wearability and the body’s silhouette, as a contemporary jeweller, I perceive jewellery to be an extension of the human body. At present the current body of research has allowed my work to be more explorative, futuristic, and editorial, which has contributed towards beginning to identify with the field of avant-garde fashion.
. The materials I have used in this series reflect the qualities of those used in built environments and are limited in this collection to jesmonite and plywood.
.  . Michelle Chung
Hand Piece: Hand Object 1, 2021
Jesmonite, plywood. 
7 x 6.5 x 4 cm
Unique piece

Living in London and observing the changes within the urban environment has significantly contributed to my practice and area of research. The current research investigates physical built environments inhabited as a visual stimulus with the aim of creating site-specific objects designed for a particular location and that have an interrelationship with the body.
Utilising the body as the landscape, I have been exploring how jewellery objects become the architecture positioned and developed in relation to that landscape. Whilst continuing to challenge the boundaries of wearability and the body’s silhouette, as a contemporary jeweller, I perceive jewellery to be an extension of the human body. At present the current body of research has allowed my work to be more explorative, futuristic, and editorial, which has contributed towards beginning to identify with the field of avant-garde fashion.
The materials I have used in this series reflect the qualities of those used in built environments and are limited in this collection to jesmonite and plywood.

 
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Michelle Chung. Hand Piece: Hand Object 2, 2021. Jesmonite, plywood.. 7 x 5 x 3 cm. Unique piece. Michelle Chung
Hand Piece: Hand Object 2, 2021
Jesmonite, plywood.
7 x 5 x 3 cm
Unique piece
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Michelle Chung. Hand Piece: Hand Object 2, 2021. Jesmonite, plywood.. 7 x 5 x 3 cm. Alternative viewUnique piece. Michelle Chung
Hand Piece: Hand Object 2, 2021
Jesmonite, plywood.
7 x 5 x 3 cm

Alternative view
Unique piece
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Michelle Chung. Body piece: Mouth Piece, 2021. Jesmonite, plywood.. 8.3 x 7.5 x 3 cm. Unique piece. Michelle Chung
Body piece: Mouth Piece, 2021
Jesmonite, plywood.
8.3 x 7.5 x 3 cm
Unique piece
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Michelle Chung. Body piece: Mouth Piece, 2021. Jesmonite, plywood.. 8.3 x 7.5 x 3 cm. Unique piece. Michelle Chung
Body piece: Mouth Piece, 2021
Jesmonite, plywood.
8.3 x 7.5 x 3 cm
Unique piece
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