July 15, 2021
Q: Where did you study Jewelry/Metalsmithing and where?
A: Self taught
Q: What inspires your work?
A: Nature and Asian calligraphy
Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?
A: Alexander Calder's Jewelry
Q: What made you want to start making jewelry?
A: Wearability & mobility
Q: What is your favorite process? Why that one over others?
A: Calligraphy, sewing and soldering ... sewing
Q: What is something you would want someone to know about your work that they might not know?
A: Lightness & boldness
Q: When you're not making jewelry, what are you doing?
Q: What attracted you to this material versus more traditional jewelry making practices such as metal and stones?
A: My artwork is strongly based on my personal lifetime and MFA Fiber Art experience. Pursuing the textures of various materials and found objects, which I gather in my jewelry studio, is a way in which I explore new ways of seeing. Collaborating or combining numerous sorts of fiber and fabric reveals unique textural characteristics, which cannot be found in traditional way of making jewelry.
Q: Do you feel that you visualize an object and then transform it into a wearable piece, or does the concept materialize as a smaller form and then grow from there?
A: Both ways … it depends one each piece.
Q: What is the importance/significance of the connection between sculptural and wearable to you?
A: Wearabilty is necessity of jewelry and sculptural elements specify the artist’s and the wearer’s identities. It gives mobility of an art form.
Q: When looking at other artists, do you find yourself drawn more towards metalsmiths and jewelry makers or sculptors and object makers?
Q: What is the relationship between form and function for you and your work? Is one more important than the other?
A: If an artist pursue one form then should be called as a sculptor. As far as I am a jeweler then function has to be considered important. Challenging both form and function is kind of an adventurous pursuit me as an artist because I love the mobility of jewelry. Function defines jewelry though I try to be freer towards expressing the form.
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