Jin Ah Jo

Published: 02.11.2021


Jin Ah Jo is a contemporary jewellery artist from Melbourne, Australia. She finished a Masters of Fine Art at Monash University, Melbourne in 2008 including a study at Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, Germany in 2006. For her making jewellery is all about creating wearable unpredicted forms reflecting her experience of immigrating from Korea to Australia and recently she introduced Buddhism to her practice. She has been participating in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia, England, China and the US.


I utilise materials often used for industrial or architectural purposes and create unexpected, reconstructed and deconstructed wearable forms that still retain their original characters and qualities. This transforms the steel, perforated mild steel, pipes and fittings of old watches into a wearable piece of contemporary jewellery that explores form, space and connection. 
Inspired by deconstructive architecture practitioners such as Frank Gehry who question architecture in a philosophical context, I try to get my work to question existing well-known forms by changing them into completely dissimilar structures.
I try to be intuitive when I am in the process of construction and at the same time I plan to ensure accuracy and balance.

2021 has been a meaningful year for my practice as I have completed Volume 2 of my blog writings which documented 100 days of my practice. It showcased how I apply Buddhism into my practice and told the story of the creation of a new body of work called “Pipe Way”. Written in English and Korean the blog is a permanent record of the stories, thoughts, and insights of my daily creation routine. It has established new ideas connecting past and present, my origin and immigration, and regenerated playfulness into my work. 

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Exhibition  02 Sep 2021 - 21 Sep 2021  Craft habit 100/100 Volume Two: My LaLa Land by Jin Ah Jo.
Exhibition  11 Nov 2020 - 05 Dec 2020  Show Us Your 'Rona.
Exhibition  07 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017  Beyond the Blue. United by Colour & Creativity.
Exhibition  28 Sep 2015 - 03 Oct 2015  LOOT: MAD about jewelry.
Exhibition  09 Apr 2014 - 28 May 2014  Amuleto: Joyaviva a través del Pacífico.
Exhibition  10 Feb 2012 - 24 Mar 2012  JOYAVIVA.

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Book:  New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2021
Magazine:  Meet your Maker, Australian Financial Review Magazine. Australia,  2017
Website:  Intervals Collection By Jin Ah Jo. Egetal:  Australia,  2017
Magazine:  The naked Tree: A tribute to Park Wan-so. Garland:  Australia,  2015
Website:  Jin Ah Jo exhibits at LOOT in NYC. Egetal:  Australia,  2015
Book:  500 art necklace design. Sterling Publishing Inc:  2013
Magazine:  Craft Arts. 2012
Book:  500 Silver jewelry design. Sterling Publishing Inc:  2011
Article:  Jin ah Jo - metal, fire, spirit, discord. Alison Reid.  2010
JMGA conference paper:  Jin ah Jo-re-sourcing through language, translation, form and design. Alison Reid.  2010