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The new world gave me a broader mind. Interview with Zhuwei Lu by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 21.11.2022
Zhuwei Lu Zhuwei Lu
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2022
Zhuwei Lu. Necklace: From Invisible to Visible, 2022. Citrine, Amethyst, Onyx,18K Gold plated Sterling Silver, 24K Gold leafing. Photo by: Annice Liu. Zhuwei Lu
Necklace: From Invisible to Visible, 2022
Citrine, Amethyst, Onyx,18K Gold plated Sterling Silver, 24K Gold leafing
Photo by: Annice Liu
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Intro
I gradually developed my philosophy of jewellery design through trial and error.
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 was born in a suburb of Shanghai, China. After graduating from high school, I went to college in Wuhan to learn the traditional Chinese art of lacquer. After college, I pursued my dream of becoming a jewellery designer and came to the United States to study jewellery design at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The new world gave me a broader mind. I learned a lot of different and exciting techniques such as metal casting, enamelling, and stone setting, the most intriguing technique for me is electroforming, a technique I was attracted to because it transforms the intangible into the tangible and grows a very interesting texture. So I gradually developed my philosophy of jewellery design through trial and error.


How important is networking for you in your professional practice, and what are your preferred tools for this?
I use Instagram the most. It is indeed a beneficial social media. You can see the works of various artists worldwide and get a lot of inspiration.


What are your general thoughts on the contemporary jewellery world (education, market, development...)? Where do you see chances, and where are dead ends?
Contemporary jewellery has evolved over the years. If you want to talk about the dead ends of contemporary jewellery, art has no end because there will always be new topics and discussions. Especially as a person from China studying jewellery design, I am very optimistic about the future of Chinese contemporary jewellery. Because it is just in its infancy, there are many possibilities. I have considered returning to China to construct the field of Chinese contemporary jewellery.


Thinking about your career, what role do technology and the digital play in your artistic development & communication?
The current art field has been well integrated with technology. I have also 3d printed fascinating structures and then electroforming.


How has your work changed over the past few years, and what are you excited about these days?
It has only been three years since I entered the jewellery field, from being ignorant initially to very familiar with the control of electroforming. But I want to go beyond myself; I don't want to rest on my laurels.
 
Zhuwei Lu. Brooch: The Flower of Thorn I, 2021. Copper, Brass, Silver, Sculpey. Photo by: Skyeb. Zhuwei Lu
Brooch: The Flower of Thorn I, 2021
Copper, Brass, Silver, Sculpey
Photo by: Skyeb
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