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Jewellery & Metal (MA)

Yingying Qiu

Yingying Qiu is a London-based Chinese jewellery designer who studied Fashion Design at the China Academy of Art, and is graduating from the Royal College of Art in Jewellery & Metal. 

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesJewellery & Metal (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors

 'Easy & Insane'
'Ready to Love'

Ying regards the texture of metal as a metaphor for 'skin', exploring the intimacy of the relationship between jewellery and the body.

There are two aspects to this collection: individual differences and individual connections.

  • The 'fragments of wings', such as the hybrid parts, symbolise the differences in the physical or mental character of an individual, which may seem insane and incomprehensible to the mainstream. Yet they are a real and unique part of the individual's fluid identity. Whether these differences cause pain, isolation, pride, or inner harmony, Ying’s purpose, through her jewellery creations, is to protect and celebrate these fragments of skin (differences) and make them visible. This element is called 'Easy & Insane'.
  • Also, the 'wing' becomes a medium through which love and information can transcend species, space and time. Here, she extends these connections between individuals, exploring the relationship between humans and animals, humans and machines or individuals from completely different backgrounds who, despite their individual differences, still have the right to embrace and love each other.This element is called 'Ready to Love'.

Here, jewellery conveys and protects individuality and relationships, respecting and celebrating the body, every sense and every inch of skin, along with inner consciousness. Ying constantly explores wearability, the uniqueness of visual aesthetics, durability, and the relationship between jewellery, the body, and emotions.





Resin; Silver