Xinyi Chen

Published: 04.11.2022


Xinyi Chen is a Chinese designer maker based and practicing in London. She gained a BA in Art design in China, specializing in jewellery and silversmith and went on to obtain an MA Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martins. Since 2016 Xinyi Chen has been experimenting with and redefining the use of electronic components as the gemstone to make jewellery. She has achieved several group exhibitions in the Europe, China, UK and won the Bright Young Gems as Sustainable Eco-Heroes.


My mother has worked as a computer practitioner since my childhood. Therefore, precision electronics have existed in my memory. ’Artificial Intelligems’ represent data and information. I am fascinated with their shapes, textures, colors, precision structures, digital spirituality, and hidden beauty. Using found objects and recycled metal cross the boundary between ‘physical versus digital’, showing a new way of living in digital awe and pleasure. I hope people could return to this earth’s reality from the virtual, rethinking what it means to live in this rapidly changing world and reflect upon the essentials of who they are.

New Era of Crown Collection
Diode is an electronic component which ubiquitous and represents the cornerstone of modern civilization. What if these contemporary languages challenge historical culture? I polished 4,600 diodes for nearly 320 hours using the traditional gem-cutting method until they flashed the fire of diamonds. The conventional crown mix the solemnity of the ritual with modern technology features, which are now entirely made from electronic components that have been given a new consistency and surface effect using reclaimed material and discarded material from a different family. Through creating an electronic material crown, I aim to achieve an unusual goal - a private world that evokes our memories of traditional fine jewellery while retaining their own identity as a separate world.

Data Garden Collection
If data as material, could I 'draw' with it on body? Who made it a rule a setting with precious stones? Will the objects with the setting bezel become more valuable? How to evoke joy in my E-waste setting of jewellery? Inspired by Chatsworth House and Maze Garden I went. Human, artificial, and natural intelligence are complementary, comparing them to create new possibilities. Therefore, I decided to juxtapose natural elements with modern synthetic signs in the choker. By making the traditional setting of E-waste, the 'Data Garden' Collection challenges traditional fine jewellery and proposes a transgressive approach to what we value moving forward. My generation is the first to be born into a time when that technology existed. Today, We are living in an age of waste. Only 15% of waste is recycled. Acting within a broader context of sustainability and the younger generation's awareness of E-waste, China's WEEE Recycling Centre formed part of the supply chain.

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Exhibition  08 Mar 2023 - 12 Mar 2023  Talente 2023 Masters of the Future.
Award  08 Mar 2023 - 12 Mar 2023  Talente. Masters of the Future 2023.
Fair  09 Dec 2022 - 11 Dec 2022  Cluster Jewellery Fair 2022.
Meeting  14 Nov 2022 - 20 Nov 2022  NYC Jewellery Week.
Exhibition  19 Jan 2022 - 19 Jan 2022  2022 Degree show at Central Saint Martins.
Fair  08 Nov 2018 - 11 Nov 2018  SIERAAD 2018.
Fair  05 May 2018 - 06 May 2018  Autor 2018.