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  • Beyond the Bling

    By Anna ChengLove is a breeze, love is a poem, love is a drop of golden sun, love is a subtle intricate fabric pattern, love is a tango, love is an echo, love is a monologue, love is a spring, love is a swamp. Love is a bow-saw, love is aphasia, love is true origin, love is self-defence, love is a deep breath, love is to be continued, love is in its right place, love is a continuing line.We have all heard of the many faces of love. Every person has his or her interpretation of love, but love is formless and not limited to a single description...

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    Tuesday, 03 May, 2016
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     By Anna ChengOriginally from Russia and now working and living in Hong Kong, Anastasia Taylor is a contemporary jewellery artist who loves to make strong statements through her creative work. Influenced by the Asian culture, Anastasia also draws inspiration from the “kawaii” Japanese cute culture for this collection."Tricksters" is a product of Anastasia’s research when she was studying MFA in Jewellery Design at Monash University, Melbourne. Through her research, she investigated into the contemporary figurations of the archetype of tricksters...

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    Monday, 11 April, 2016
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    By Anna ChengPreciousness in jewellery in the traditional sense is usually related to its intrinsic value based on its rarity, its beauty or the sentimental values it brings to the wearer.The works selected for this exhibition are based on the different perspectives of "preciousness" the artists communicate through their works.Lauren Tickle (USA) creates her works using the US Dollar bills. She does not only challenge the notion of preciousness based on the jewellery's monetary value, also question where its value truly lies...

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    Sunday, 01 November, 2015
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    by Anna Cheng Social media is certainly a powerful advocate tool in today's world. After the hugely successful campagine #ArtJewelryChallange on Facebook and Instagram started last year, many see the opportunity to promote contemporary jewellery through this medium. Atty Tantivit , the founder of Atta Gallery in Bangkok, has started #WhoWearsContemporaryJewelry, which encourage contemporary jewellery makers and collectors to show the world how everyday people wear contemporary jewellery...

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    Saturday, 15 August, 2015
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    By Esther Kwok"Why Jewelry?” is the exhibition currently held in Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery@HKBU, featuring 30 artists from Academy of Visual Arts, the Hong Kong Baptist University and Queensland college of Art, Griffith University, Australia. Taking “why jewelry” as the starting point, it is not just an exhibition viewer could see how jewelry is being defined by several meanings, but also a touchable experience is provided.Before we discuss why jewelry, maybe we should back to an even more basic question: what is jewelry? If only defined by its function that means an object worn on human body, “wearable” is jewelry basic nature...

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    Saturday, 04 July, 2015
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    By Bench 886Bench 886 consists of ten jewellers from Taiwan, who usually work independently but decided to collaborate as a artist group. In 2014, we made our debut with a group exhibition titled “ Ni Hao” (Hello) as an initiative gesture to break into the jewellery week. With the positive responses and encouragement from the public, lead us to present a themed exhibition ‘Bubble Land’ in 2015.Ni Hao was a connection for viewers to the introduction of the community in the Far East, which gave a rise to curiosity and fascination towards our common background, Taiwan...

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    Friday, 26 June, 2015
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    By Anna Cheng This time I am diverting my blog a little away from contemporary jewellery. I recently had the pleasure to know the founder and designer of Audrey et Auguste Millinery & Accessories, Janice Mok, a Hong Kong based milliner. When we first met, we found out our visions of what we do have a lot in common, especially her recently project "TO BE THE WOMAN YOU WANT TO BE". As headpiece is yet becoming mainstream in Hong Kong (same as contemporary jewellery), the purpose of wearing /owning/collecting headpiece (same to contemporary jewellery) is beyond the beauty of the piece...

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    Tuesday, 16 June, 2015
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    By Anna ChengFor every designer enthusiast visiting Sydney, going to Powerhouse Museum is a MUST.  I would say it is one of the top design museums in the world.I went to see the jewellery exhibition “A Fine Possession, jewellery & identity” at the museum in my recent trip there. It is an exhibition that “celebrates the central place of jewellery in our lives”, through a selection of jewellery made, worn and collected in Australia.This incredible exhibition is divided into 9 sections...

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    Friday, 22 May, 2015
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    by Gloria Ng Recently I was invited to participate in an exhibition held at Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus with the theme "Flow". I started to imagine how tear flows inside the body before it drops from the eye. The result was a piece of work recording the route of formation of tears. The heart is where emotion is seated and burst.  A pin was used to locate the position of the heart, where a tube is brought up along the neck, to the ear, where it is fixed at the earlobe and hung like how one wears a pair of glasses and ends at the tear duct, where a 'tear droplet' is attached...

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    Monday, 18 May, 2015
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    By Ruriko ItoI was born in Japan and raise in Japan studied in Japan.Although my origin is I00% Japanese, I never realized that  Oriental-ism  has accumulated in me till I see other side of the world. There are lots of stereo type image of Asia and Japan.For example, images like Sushi, Geisha, kimono, bamboo, bird cage and lantern so on so, well these are too much stereo type anyway…Firstly when designing and creating Jewelry as a Japanese abroad, I misunderstood what Oriental-ism is. I followed the stereotype characters from things already popular outside of Japan...

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    Monday, 20 April, 2015
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    Post by Anna Cheng(Although the feature image is not exactly reflecting the topic of my post, but I have to show off this breathtaking view I took when watching the outdoor opeara Aida during my visit in Sydney!)Melbourne is probably better known as the hub of contemporary jewellery in Australia, but Sydney also has a vibrant scene with many things happening. My recent trip to Sydney brought me back to some of the great jewellery galleries in the country and a very exciting exhibition at Powerhouse Museum (which I will cover in my next blog)...

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    Tuesday, 07 April, 2015
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    By Anna ChengWe hear a lot about how revolutionary 3D printing technology today, and its potential of changing our lives.3D printing has also become a popular tool for many jewellery designers.Computer modelling has allowed designers to create 3D models which is near impossible to create by hand. And now with some sophisticated 3D printers, designer can realise their 3D design into real object. Some 3D printers can even create object in real materials such as metal and wood. Here is an example of using 3D printing technology to create jewellery that is close to the heart...

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    Friday, 16 January, 2015
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      Pilz Schmuck was established in 2005, by Pilz, who is always in a bob hairstyle, which, in Cantonese,  we usually call mushroom hair. I guess this is how the brand is named (Pilz is the German for mushroom). It was in 2009 when I first met Pilz, during her exhibition "Amnesia/Reminiscence"a journey of wonder. Pieces of fine silversmith works were halfway dipped in a tank of water. One might wonder what these delicate sculptures were. They seemed to be suggesting something to be put on the body for adornment...

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    Monday, 03 November, 2014
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    By Anna Cheng   “Via Hong Kong” is the upcoming exhibition at Ame Gallery, featuring works of 15 Hong Kong jewellery artists and designers who are based here and aboard.  I am not going to talk about the content of the show . You will have to come and see it yourself.  Instead, I am going to write a poem about my journey of creating this show (please excuse my poor writing as I am definitely not a good poet, I give it a try anyway).   Hong Kong, my home.  Jewellery, my soul...

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    Friday, 05 September, 2014
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    By Gloria Ng Kagami Studio celebrated its second anniversary with a mini exhibition held at the Studio 83 last Saturday. Karen has invited 5 individuals, including myself, with different backgounds to be invovled in silver clay making and to showcase our works during an art jam event. Three of them are students from their certificate course. The other one was Karen's partner, Hosanna, who is a certified silver clay instructor, then it was Karen and myself.    As a collaboration, Karen invited me to her studio and taught me basic skills on working with silver clay weeks before the exhibition...

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    Monday, 21 July, 2014
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    By Anna Cheng  It is time of the year for the new graduates to show the achievements of their hard works. I have visited the graduation shows of Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts  (HKBU) and Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI). Both have shown new talents in contemporary jewellery . HKBU AVA Grad-Show 2014 was set in their Kai Tak Campus, which is the former Royal Air Force Officers Mess. This heritage site has provided a perfect setting for a lot of the works presented. I am very delighted to see those graduates who have presented high quality jewellery work, with strong concepts and well execution...

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    Monday, 30 June, 2014
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    As part of the “Building Jewellery” exhibition, Ame Gallery has organised a talk to open dialogues among participates of how architectural concepts could be translated into different forms and media and to raise awareness of contemporary jewellery in Hong Kong, especially to the creative communities including architects, interior designers and designers in all disciplines. I was invited to be one of the speakers of the talk, together with Anna, owner of Ame Gallery and curator of the exhibition, and Karen, practicing Registered Architect of Hong Kong and founder of Kagami, silverclay studio, to share our vision on contemporary jewellery...

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    Saturday, 07 June, 2014
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    Post by Anna Cheng               “Building Jewellery " is the latest contemporary jewellery exhibition  at Ame Gallery, showing works of 6 artists from Taiwan, Costa Rica, USA, Australia, Germany and Netherlands. This exhibition explores how the concept of architecture and built environment embedded in contemporary jewellery. Because of my background as an interior architect, the topic of Architecture in contemporary jewellery always fascinates me. I think Architecture is a discipline beyond buildings, physical space and structure...

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    Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
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    By Anna Cheng In my last post, I blogged about the group of Taiwanese  jewellery aritsts Bench 886. In this 2nd part of Taiwanese emerging forces in contemporary jewellery, I'd like to introduce Mano 慢鏝 , an independent curatorial team for contemporary jewellery, based in Taipei.   Who are they? The crew of this team is made of 4 Taiwanese jewellery artists who have had  their lives in different parts of the world, and all came together to create a new scene in contemporary jewellery in Taiwan...

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    Friday, 18 April, 2014
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    By Gloria Ng Walking up the stairs of an ordinary commercial building on Des Voeux Road, here we are at the oasis of the hustle and bustle of Central. Furnished with a mixture of Modern and traditional Chinese style, Kagami Studio is a perfect place for craft lovers to spend a relaxing afternoon at, where they can show off their creativity and hand craft skills, turning clay into sophisticated wearables.    Founder & director of Kagami Studio, Karen Lau, welcomes me with a cup of coffee while she explains her rationale of setting up this studio...

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    Monday, 14 April, 2014
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    Post by Anna Cheng Contemporary jewellery is not new to Asia. There have been practitioners around for decades. But compare to Europe or America, the contemporary jewellery scene in Asia is still at its developing stage.  Some countries are more active and developed than others. In my upcoming blogs, I will introduce some emerging forces in contemporary jewellery scene in Taiwan, one of the places that nurtures many talents. I would like first talk about Bench 886. It is a group formed by 10 native Taiwanese jewellery artists, educated in Taiwan and overseas...

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    Tuesday, 25 February, 2014
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      Dr. Ching Sze-Yin, Cicy, one of Hong Kong's most active jewellery artists, has been a full-time, practicing studio jeweller since 1996, and is currently a lecturer at the Academy of Visual Arts at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Cicy received a Bachelor and a Doctorate degree in Fine Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia, and a Master’s degree in Art from the University of Sunderland, UK. Although she grew up in Hong Kong, it was during her stay at the small city of Sunderland that she crystallized her research interest in the portraying city living...

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    Tuesday, 18 February, 2014
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    “Materiality – Relationship between material and contemporary jewellery” , an exhibition curated by myself Anna Cheng, was hosted at Ame Gallery last month. It is our great honor to showcase works from 16 artists from all over the world, showing a wide spectrum of contemporary jewellery works.  The objective of this show is to highlight the use of unconventional materials used in contemporary jewellery today. Masumi Kataoka, Untitled/ Brooch 2013  Animal Intestine, Nylon, Sterling Silver, Glue, Stainless Steel Material can be referred to as the physical or conceptual properties of the artwork...

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    Sunday, 22 December, 2013
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    I guess the best thing to write in my first blog as to introduce myself is ...a blurb, and what's best to summarize what I do is the following interview I did a few years back... D - Daisy G - Me D: How did you come up with the brand name Insinuo? G: Insinuo is the Latin for ‘intimate’. My work is an exploration of the possibilities of jewellery, a study of the human body. It always has a close relationship with the body. D: Why have you chosen to become a jewellery artist instead of, say, sculptural artist? Why is there a move towards functional pieces? G: I don’t see a need to define whether my works are jewellery, sculpture, or performance art...

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    Monday, 18 November, 2013
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    JOYA- Barcelona Contemporary Jewellery fair  is the main international contemporary jewellery event in Spain. This is its 5th year and also the biggest. There are more than 200 artists presented at the fair, and many coming from Asia. It reflects the role of Asian jewellery artists in the contemporary jewellery scene. More Asian artists' works are presented in major galleries in Europe and US, and collected by museums. Most of the Asian artists are working aboard, mainly due to the fact that contemporary jewellery has not been developed as mature as in Europe...

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    Monday, 21 October, 2013
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