Zhiyi Wang is a jewellery designer from China. She received her BFA in jewellery design from the Pratt Institute in 2021 and is now pursuing her MA in Jewellery & Metal at the Royal College of Art. As symbolism and narrative play a significant role in her work, Zhiyi treats jewellery-making as a way of storytelling. She explores the method of using concrete metal forms to present the intangible in her current practice, aiming at visualising abstract emotional feelings.
"To know of nights before or after, the little while that we may last." - Fernando Pessoa
Responding to this poem, Zhiyi investigates the transient nature of human existence and the quest for understanding amidst this impermanence. Her recent collection, "REAL /i/ LLUSION", focuses on extracting instant emotion from valuable moments in her life and transferring it into wearable objects. People do not live for a lifetime but instead live for a series of moments. Retrieving and extracting emotions from a specific moment involves not only engaging oneself in the past experience and memory but enlarging immediate fulfilment and pleasure.
Zhiyi depicts her collection as an album. The introduction is a set of enamel brooches in the form of distorted Polaroid films, presenting the process of retrieving treasured moments. While conducting experiments on the enamel transfer, Zhiyi intentionally folds and distorts the metal to get crackle effects on the surface to show the idea of deformation. The introduction is followed by four other wearable objects derived from the designer's intuitive and abstract emotional responses when experiencing those moments. They interact with the wearer's body to correspond to the feeling of emptiness, unsettlement, infinity, breathing, and floating.