For Chinese student Chen Shiyun, the unusual starting point for her contemporary jewellery collection, Skin, is skin disease. Shortlisted for the Mayor of London’s International Student Innovation Award, Study London spoke to Shiyun about her time in London.
“London is one of the top cities to live and study. As well as the benefits of the art scene in London, there is also a lot more choice compared to other cities,” Shiyun said. A student on the BA Jewellery Design course at University of the Arts Central Saint Martins (CSM), Shiyun’s education in London helped make her dreams a reality. Shiyun explained: “Central Saint Martins is innovative and regarded as an icon globally – that’s the reason I came to study in London. As well as having the top facilities, CSM is full of fantastic people with incredible ideas which has helped me to become more creative.”
Motivated by personal experience, Shiyun’s collection – which includes rings, hand jewellery and arm and body pieces – aims to give meaning to body decoration.
“Personal experience is the starting point for my jewellery collection, Skin. I wanted to add meaning to a 3D object – so that it’s both body decoration and also a way to transmit information. Skin disease is often regarded as disturbing and visually appalling. Blisters and dead skin not only alter the look and shape of our body but also how others perceive us,” Shiyun said.
Shiyun continued: “By using a variety of precious and non-precious materials imitating the colour and texture of skins diseases, such as lupus and shingles, my aim is to create beautiful jewellery which is far removed from the original theme.”
Summing up her London experience, Shiyun said: “The London lifestyle is chic and multi-cultural. London has totally transformed my life. It is not only a place to study – it is also about changing your outlook and your lifestyle.” Interested in jewellery courses in London? Check out the Study London course guide for more information.