Felicia Li

Published: 02.08.2022
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Felicia Li is a contemporary art jewelry designer and curator. She is the committee member of Gems and Jewelry Trade Association of China. In 2016, she formally established the Vonmo studio and keeps exploring the innovation direction to integrate contemporary art jewelry design and traditional Chinese crafts.


My works are combined with traditional Chinese crafts. Instead of dealing with the relations between traditional crafts and contemporary art jewelry irrationally, I gradually gained my understanding of the tradition in the long material test process. Perhaps only when I forget about the boundaries of nationalities, complicated crafts and the concept of contemporary art, and then feel all over again will my thinking and understanding be changed and will the delusive rules and regulations be excluded.

The Heart Laurel Series
The reason why I designed The Heart Laurel series was that I was not satisfied with only studying the filigree craft of the Eight Great Crafts of Beijing. Driven by the dissatisfaction, I visited the national minorities located deep in the mountains in southwest China for multiple times and dug up the existence state of the folk traditional filigree craft and the ancient horse-tail-hair embroidery (an embroidery craft with cotton threads twined around horse-tail-hair). Whether court or folk, crafts always appeal to people with their rawness, restraint and prudence. However, their future is worrying.

The Runaway Water Sprite Series
The Runaway Water Sprite series was designed because I hoped that art jewelry could have a memory ability so that the spiritual connection between it and the body would always exist. My childhood memories are mostly the dreams I had and the magical illusions I saw, and those supernatural phenomena might have been derived from the shadow puppet shows and Shehuo (traditional festivities) in my hometown, which were rather primitive and filled with many amazing legends. Even when I was grown up, those memories were still vivid in my mind; while, as I grow older and wiser, I increasingly doubt the truth of what I saw in the past, and those memories begin to fade. So, I need to find a way to record them, and thus I’ve created this set of works.


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Exhibition  22 Feb 2023 - 26 Feb 2023  Purifying the Soul by Felicia Li.
Exhibition  09 Sep 2022 - 11 Sep 2022  Purifying The Soul. VONMO 3rd Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition.
Award  06 Jul 2022 - 10 Jul 2022  Talente. Masters of the Future 2022.
Award  10 Mar 2021 - 14 Mar 2021  Talente Competition 2021.
Open call  23 Sep 2020 - 20 Jun 2021  Open Call for Exhibition Intimate Relationships.
Exhibition  08 Aug 2020 - 11 Aug 2020  Chinese Mythology.
Open call  21 Oct 2019 - 20 Jun 2020  Open Call for Chinese Mythology, a Curated Exhibition.
Fair  25 Jan 2019 - 25 Jan 2019  China Museums Creativity.
Exhibited in Frankfurt, Germany on behalf of the Palace Museum of China.
Fair  05 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2019  China Museums Creativity.
Exhibited in Hong Kong, on behalf of the Palace Museum of China.
Award  25 Aug 2018 - 07 Oct 2018  Cominelli Foundation Award 2018.
Exhibition  18 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017  Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2017.
Exhibition  08 May 2016 - 22 May 2016  Gioielli In ...Fermento 2016.
Exhibition  16 Dec 2015 - 23 Dec 2015  Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2015.
Open call  02 Oct 2015 - 16 Oct 2015  Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2015.

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Magazine:  Filigree of the Shui nationality. China Gems:  Beijing,  2016
Magazine:  Li Yingzhen –VONMO contemporary jewellery studio. China Gems:  Beijing,  2016
Magazine:  Li Yingzhen_The Runaway Water Sprite. AlongNew Phonenix Int’1LLG:  New York,  201