This ‘Identity’ originated from a self-initiated project titled ‘Air Chain’ which was developed from research into ancient Chinese coins displayed in the British Museum. ‘Air Chain’ began from a discussion on the value of money in ancient times, which was then reflected upon in a contemporary manner and concept. The string action in the chains is what interested me as it clearly demonstrates the transformation of value from an objective fact to a subjective action. In my jewellery, waving metal wire is treated as a central line and it is used to string the “air”, final perspective demonstrates a substantial decline in value, which the modern Chinese population had lost in their affluent life, the air is nothing but everything.
After the Air Chain project, ‘Identity’ further traced this topic back to ancient couture. Inspired by the representative symbol of the 16-17th century’s costume for imperial households and nobility in the Elizaberth I period and Ancient China "Ming" & "Qing" dynasty : repetitive and complexly decorative waving lines. These patterns might be mistaken for being foppish but history of culture and politics show everlasting support for such aesthetic values. In the research, through disassembling and simplifying this symbol, I fond the visional definition of identity in a new perspective of 2017.
In the final work, 8590 hand soldered joining points and 1826 handmade jump rings has been created in the whole collection. Filigree technique is utilized for form shaping, traditional fabric material is replaced by flimsy metal wire. After soldering, flat filigree sheets are formed by hand, 2D elements have been transformed to 3D constructions through this process.