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Project Review. Metal Folding with Zhenghong Wang

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Published: 02.07.2019
Project Review. Metal Folding with Zhenghong Wang.
Author:
China Academy of Art
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Hangzhou
Edited on:
2019
Mei Shen. Object: Polyhedron, 2019. 925 silver, red copper.. 10 x 10 x 10 cm. Photo by: Mei Shen. From series: Metal Folding. Mei Shen
Object: Polyhedron, 2019
925 silver, red copper.
10 x 10 x 10 cm
Photo by: Mei Shen
From series: Metal Folding
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Intro
Metal Folding, a series of courses, aims to activate traditional craftsmanship, focus on Oriental aesthetics, base on local culture and stick to culture. It actively guides students to pay attention to the practice and application of new techniques, new materials and new concepts. At the same time, it calls for the accumulation of relevant theoretical knowledge and active exploration of teaching forms while exploring techniques. Diversity, multi-dimensional training methods to guide students to carry out a variety of techniques of comparative research and practical training, linking international resources, sharing teaching results.
/ Zhenghong Wang
 
Wen Zhang; Object: Three and one, 2019; Material: 925 silver, fish tape; Size: 14 x 14 x 5 cm; Photo by Wen Zhang; From series: Metal Folding.

Wen Zhang; Necklace: The lonely one, 2019; Material: 925 silver; Size: 8 x 6 x 5 cm; Photo by Wen Zhang; From series: Metal Folding.


It's easy to fold a piece of paper, and it's easy for pupils to do it, but it's not easy for them to fold metal. I want to make it through these weeks of learning and exploring. The work expresses the connection and isolation of interpersonal relationship through the connection of fishing line and the form of metal folding monomer. Different complex monomers have different texture distinctions, and then they are connected in a simple way.
/ ​Wen Zhang


Junyi Chen; Object: Authority, 2019; Material: brass, mirror; Size: 8 x 54 cm; Photo by Junyi Chen; From series: Metal Folding.


Through this course, I learned a lot, which not only broadened my horizon but also strengthened my innovative thinking.
/ Junyi Chen


Qian Xu; Necklace: Folding blue, 2019; Material: 925 silver, enamel; Size: 47 x 26 x 3 cm; Photo by Qian Xu.


Through this course, I learned more metal techniques about enamel and how to fold the metal sheet. I combined metal folding and traditional enamel elements into my necklace. I simulated the elegant texture of blue and white porcelain on the enamel and painted abstract blue patterns in order to bring the modern look. Folding metal sheets isn't as difficult as I thought, we could sold or thin the groove on the metal sheet to shape it. Metal folding really broadens my vision horizon of the possibility of metal. Metal can be folded like paper, it can be stable and flexible at the same time.
/ Qian Xu


Siai Guo; Brooch: Retrospect, 2019; Material: 925 silver; Size: 10 x 10 x 7 cm; Photo by Siai Guo; From series: Metal Folding.

Siai Guo; Brooch: Twins, 2019; Material: 925 silver, PVC sheet; Size: 13 x 7 x 5 cm; Photo by Siai Guo; From series: Metal Folding.


In this course, I understand the history of origami. We know that the origin of origami started from the birth of paper, which was invented by China in order to record characters better. Calligraphy has presented in the works, hoping that we can remember the origin of origami and have a better inheritance and development. How to better express origami in metal is my constant research and improvement. I developed a folding method more suitable for the expression through metal, and processed the silver into three different effects to show the charm of calligraphy, and made a comparison to open the rhythm.
/ Siai Guo


Mei Shen; Object: Frame, 2019; Material: 925 silver, red copper; Size: 30 x 20 x 3 cm; Photo by Mei Shen; From series: Metal Folding.


Based on the investigation of famous artists, I hope that the final product is composed of geometric shapes with different shapes, and the folding range is not too large, which can reflect the regular ups and downs of precious metals. About polishing, I do not plan to do too much polishing on the container body but to retain the slightly rough original manual sense and oxidation process, so as to highlight the natural properties of precious metals.
/ Mei Shen


Shiwen Qian; Brooch: Fish 1, 2019; Material: 925 silver, lacquer, wood; Size: 5 x 5 x 5 cm; Photo by Shiwen Qian; From series: Metal Folding.

Shiwen Qian; Brooch: Fish 2, 2019; Material: 925 silver, lacquer, wood; Size: 10 x 5 x 5 cm; Photo by Shiwen Qian; From series: Metal Folding.


There is a fish named Kun in the northern hemisphere. Kun's size, I do not know its thousands of miles. It then turned into a bird, the name is Peng. It is back. I do not know how many thousands of miels in breadth. When it is moving, it flies, then the wings obscuring the sky like clouds. When Peng goes on a voyage, it prepares to start the journey towards the Southern Ocean: the Celestial Lake. 
/ Shiqian Wen


Qinyun He; Object: Ink, 2019; Material: 925 silver, plastic; Size: 9 x 7.5 x 4.5 cm; Photo by Qinyun He; From series: Metal Folding.


I spent seven happy weeks in this metal folding course. After the guidance of teacher wang, I felt the unique charm of metal and the charm of folding during the seven weeks. I also explored some other materials and did some interesting experiments. I combined plastic and metal to make my own relatively satisfactory works.
/ Qinyue He


Yi Xie; Object: Untitled, 2019; Material: silver, fabric; Size:8 x 7 x 6 cm: Photo by Yi Xie; From series: Metal Folding.


After half a semester of studying metal folding, I think I have benefited a lot. In the process of learning, we all abandoned the usual routine of class. While listening carefully in class, we also got practice after class and exercised our ability to use our hands and brains very well.
/ Yi Xie


Jiahui Liu; Neckpiece: Back chain, 2019; Material: 925 silver; Size: 100 x 10 x 6 cm; Photo by Jiahui Liu; From series: Metal Folding.


Familiar with folding and shaping techniques——Production principle, tool use, basic form production. From paper to metal, from plane to solid, from concrete to abstract, I learned a lot.
/ Jiahui Liu


Xiao Wang; Object: Lock, 2019; Material: 925 silver; Size: 24 x 35 x 7 cm; Photo by Haiyu Chen; From series: Metal Folding.


During the seven-week period, I studied the possibility of metal folding. The topic of incorporating contemporary jewelry art language into traditional origami craft is extremely attractive to me. Through continuous experiments, the possibility of metal folding was explored. Due to limited materials, this stage is laborious, time-consuming and challenging. Personally, we mainly worked on folding, bending and repeating. By bending to create a simple unit form, by overlapping to make it one, then we could finally get a richer language expression. This project is fascinating. The number of possibilities for metal folding is amazing in the comparative study of other students. Overall, I felt very inspired.
/ Xiao Wang


Xin Xu; Pin: Spallation, 2019; Material: silver; Size: 10 x 10 cm; Photo by Xin Xu; From series: Metal Folding.

Xin Xu; Pin: Spallation, 2019; Material: Red copper, obsidian; Size: 10 x 7 cm; Photo by Xin Xu; From series: Metal Folding.


This metal folding course was very rewarding for me. I learned the new jewelry technique of metal folding. Through metal folding and welding, I made three different shapes of my favorite insect elements. The three brooches represent the three different periods of the fairy's life, which is a compliment to the vitality of animals. In the production process, I encountered many difficulties, some readily solved, some can only have a choice to give up. But there are gains and pleasures. In the process of learning, the teacher provided me with great help and gave me some solutions and suggestions for my reference. Finally, the work can be shown to you.
/ Xin Xu


Yanhong Guo; Brooch: Folding, 2019; Material: 925 silver; Size: 7 x 8 x 4 cm; Photo by Haichen Meng; From series: Metal Folding.


Metal Folding is a fascinating course I learned about the fact that different metals can be folded to different degrees and the space formed by folding.
/ Yanhong Guo


Anran Xu; Brooch: Folding, 2019; Material: silver, jade; Size: 8 x 9 x 2 cm; Photo by Anran Xu; From series: Metal Folding.

Anran Xu; Brooch: Folding, 2019; Material: silver, jade; Size: 10 x 10 x 3 cm; Photo by Anran Xu; From series: Metal Folding.


I researched the skills of the traditional paper folding during the beginning of this course called Folding Process. Then I tried to figure out how to fold metal and to combine the feature of paper folding and solid metal. And the most important thing is creating a new and unique folding means to design three beautiful brooches. After a lot of research and experiments, I created an innovative way to fold sliver. Then I began to find the best material to match with the folding sliver. Finally, I chose the jade to match folding sliver. The beauty of the balance and rhythm in folding and the strong comparison in colors is what I pursued.
/ Anran Xu


Haichen Meng; Brooch: Fan, 2019; Material: 925 silver, jade; Size: 11 x 6.5 x 2.5 cm; Photo by Haichen Meng; From series: Metal Folding.

Haichen Meng; Bracelet: Amour, 2019; Material: 925 silver, leather; Size: 15 x 9.8 x 5 cm; From series: Metal Folding.



Our course is about folding metal. By studying the way of folding paper, then to apply it into metal, to show the charm of the folding technique by our designs. My first piece of jewelry is called Fan. I combined with the emerald to form a fan shape. My second piece is called Armor. It can be worn on the shoulder or on the arms.
/ Haichen Meng


Haiyu Chen; Brooch: Skylight, 2019; Material: 925 silver, red copper; Size: 7 x 7 x 2 cm; Photo by Haiyu Chen; From series: Folding Metal.


The Paper Folding Course from Metal Folding guides its learners from the paper-folding games that they played in their childhood to the metal-folding handicraft and keeps pursuing more potential material types applicable through undertaking constant experiments. During the process of carrying out stereoscopic foldings, one gains original inspirations. Through conducting constant changes on the combinations of element shapes using methods such as overlaying and cutting, whereby the modality of a Baroque Church’s Dome can be shown. At the same time, the masterfulness over the compatibility of different colours demonstrated in creating the works was studied, which indicates that the works use colours such as black, white and grey to create their dominant hues, and uses various art techniques to showcase that on the surface of the metal.
/ Haiyu Chen
 
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