Jewellery Design - Winner 2016
For Hong Kong born Vann Kwok, jewellery design provides a perfect platform to thread together her interests and experience spanning design, fashion, photography and motion picture.
Her work is largely informed by historical references to painting and sculpture as seen in her recent collection completed for her Masters at the London College of Fashion which drew inspiration from the compositions of colour, line, form and space of early Western still life and modernist geometric abstract painting.
Albeit with references to the past her work also has a contemporary feel coming from her use of material and sense of materiality. Calling her work ‘modern alchemy’ she adds, ‘I experiment with materials’ logic in response to forces such as gravity, weight, cooling, heating. pressure and their corresponding effects – melting, free-flowing and bending. I look for odd, misshapen or awkward results that carry the trace of chance.’
Originally trained in fashion Vann’s ease of working with the body as a subject to carry and wear her work is evident. In the film ‘Out of Flux’, Vann Kwok's jewellery becomes an extension of the body and illustrates how placement on and off the body affects posture and gesture in relation to one’s surrounding space. Looking like a 3D abstract painting the void between the body and jewellery creates a constant flow of energy (a flux), which continuously moves on and around the wearer.
Presenting her work through film is something Vann Kwok intends to repeat with a new collection which addresses the connection between the tangible (object and body) and the intangible (time and memory).