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The visual form of contemporary jewellery is very suitable for me to express my perception of the beauty of the world and use it as a way of communication. Interview with Leslye Zhang by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 10.06.2022
Leslye Zhang Leslye Zhang
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2022
Leslye Zhang. Brooch: A Cool Fish, 2022. Stainless Steel Wire, Alloy Wire, Sterling Silver. 25 x 17 x 4 cm. From series: A Cool Fish. Leslye Zhang
Brooch: A Cool Fish, 2022
Stainless Steel Wire, Alloy Wire, Sterling Silver
25 x 17 x 4 cm
From series: A Cool Fish
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Try to inject the most important primordial power into life through hands-on experience in perceiving the self-evolving logic and power of life that has grown out of complex systems.
Tell us about your background. What were your first influences to be creative and become an artist and what has drawn you to contemporary jewellery?
I wish my work presenting my personality could always hold the glamor and keep me alive even when I immerse myself in the crowd. Based in Shanghai, China. I learned professional knowledge and skills of contemporary jewellery design in Metal Craft Studio at Shanghai University Academy of Fine Arts in 2018. And in the year 2021, I received my degree in MA Design (Jewellery and Metalwork) from Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
 
It all started with a dream a few years ago of beautiful jewellery, and I decided to explore an area that was completely foreign to me and full of amazing possibilities.  
 
I am a very introverted person, and the visual form of contemporary jewellery is very suitable for me to express my perception of the beauty of the world and use it as a way of communication.  I yearn for playing jewellery creation with a pure mentality, purely for beauty and beauty, for knowledge and knowledge. Try to inject the most important primordial power into life through hands-on experience in perceiving the self-evolving logic and power of life that has grown out of complex systems.
 
During the 4 years of learning jewellery creation, Professor Xin Guo and the team of "115 Jewellery Family" from Shanghai University Academy of Fine Arts; Maria Hanson, Chris Knight, Rachael Colley, Darren Richardson, Kate Langrish-Smith, Melanie Levick-Parkin, and other tutors and friends from Sheffield Hallam University; And Rui Li and her team at B.R. Gallery in Beijing. There are also many jewellery artists and enthusiasts who have given me too much professional help and guidance.  


How important is networking for you in your professional practice and what are your preferred tools for this?
For me, the main way for me to learn contemporary jewellery creation comes from the Internet, among which professional websites like Klimt02.net are very practical and convenient for me, as they open the window of the link between my works and the world.  


What are your general thoughts on the contemporary jewellery world, (education, market, development...), where do you see chances and where are dead ends?
Just from the result of individual observation, as long as people know and like this art form for various reasons, they will participate in it in various forms.  This shows its unique charm.  With the joining of more and more members, the continuous accumulation of individual contribution to creation will surely promote the development of contemporary art jewellery.   


Thinking about your career, what role do technology and the digital play in your artistic development & communication?
I want to play with jewellery in a completely natural and spontaneous way, focusing on visual expression and trying new breakthroughs in each piece of work.  I think the process of learning new technology is interesting enough in itself and opens up more creative possibilities.  
 

How has your work changed over the past few years and what are you excited about these days?
 I have not been learning jewellery creation for a long time. During my MA study in Sheffield Hallam University, I tried the method of wire crochet to make jewellery under the inspiration of my tutor, which made a qualitative leap in the completion degree and expression ability of my works.  I felt creative freedom and confidence.  

In addition, my artistic growth path is essentially different from that of most people in the industry, so I have inherent characteristics from inspiration, material selection, craftsmanship, and visual presentation.  

Personally, in the next stage of contemporary jewellery design exploration, I will pay more attention to the accuracy of materials, forms and themes, the identification of visual information, and maintain the original aesthetic harmony.  Continue to use the mentality of play, fully stimulate sensory potential, gradually accumulate relevant abilities, to reach a higher level.  
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