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Leslye Zhang

Jeweller
Published: 13.05.2021

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The artist wants to raise more people's awareness of climate change and the environment through her work.
Leslye Qin Zhang Leslye Qin Zhang

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Leslye Qin Zhang wishes her work presenting her personality could always hold the glamor and keep alive even when she immerses herself in the crowd. She 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, she received her degree in MA Design (Jewellery and Metalwork) from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She is currently based in Shanghai, China.

Statement

I was born into a family of biologists and the experience of an undergraduate background in biology-related fields. I am particularly interested in the subject of protecting aquatic life. For example, my recent series "Remote Habitants" uses the visual language of jewellery to highlight the threat posed to underwater corals by human activity.

I want to raise more people to be aware of climate change and the environment, affecting all living beings, including human and sea life. Coral is a vital part of the ocean ecology, which we humans take for granted our continuing unlimited economic development endangering the environment.

My choice of medium: metal wire crochet evokes this submarine world: organic, colourful, soft, and transparent, yet meditates on the challenges posed: the challenge of metal crochet is that every step is irreversible, but the advantage is that every step is innovative. Everything revolves around the design theme, creating new connection methods, structural shapes, and flexible and smooth visual language expression.

 

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2021:
Fair  08 Dec 2021 - 12 Dec 2021  Cluster Craft 2021 Fair.
Exhibition  04 Sep 2021 - 26 Sep 2021  Ringing Rings.
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