Just six months have passed since designer Chen Chang won a New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Award for her jewellery collection “Dancing On My Own”. It was the first time that Chen had attended an award ceremony like this, and surprise overwhelmed her when she heard that she’d won. “It’s been a fantastic start and a way to strengthen my work as a jewellery designer, and give me security in what I do. Furthermore, this award forces me to put more effort into my work,” she says.
Ever-daring in her experimental designs prior to this collection, which used plexi-glass, paper and plastic as tools of expression, Chen believes above all that the current concept of jewellery should change. “I think that the work of contemporary jewellery should be interactive, especially because these pieces hold both emotional and physical feelings, that require a response. In my work, people can understand the concept of each piece better if they know the history and experience behind each design, so they feel a part of the project,” she says.
“Everything reflected in my work is the result of my own experience, from having a degree of curiosity in engineering and technology. I think that including these kinds of aspects in my pieces makes them more interesting, and it’s a way in which people can better see what’s hidden in each design,” says the designer. The “Dancing On My Own” collection, inspired by the movement of ballet dancers, has a personal language, echoed in the colour, material and shape. Chen defines her work as a designer as interdisciplinary, interactive and interesting.
“As a student, I normally used copper, gold plated metal and silver as research materials. They’re cheaper and easier to work with for quick prototyping and end pieces. Previously, I also used plastic, because I believed that contemporary jewellery allows you to use alternative materials. There are some aspects it conveys even better than metals. In addition, each design has its own personal language, to better express its concepts,” says Chen.
The designer states that her pieces are not gendered, and can be worn by men or women; however, she focuses on people connected to the fashion world and young people. Her next project? “Discover new possibilities with plastic finishes and acrylic,” she says.
Fotos: Chen cheng www.chen2gjewellery.com
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