School of Design Silversmithing & Jewellery

Runtian Zhang

The concepts of nostalgia and memory as an emotion-releasing catharsis is the subject of these works. According to psychological theory, nostalgia may help people to alleviate the negative emotions, to a certain extent. Taking traditional herbs, I created jewelry pieces with herbal smells that can evoke childhood memories, based on the physiological mechanism of smell triggering memory. A series of animal and natural figures were created based on herbs, childhood doodles on the wall of an old house and a stuffed bear. In addition, I made wax strings using traditional methods, to create a poetic, shady, fragmental and wabi-sabi sensation.

From my perspective, jewellery is a free expression of art, which can be leveraged as a medium to assist me in narrating stories to resonate with audiences. As a maker, I strive to exhibit my identity and subvert outdated stereotypes by innovating based on traditions. I wish to convey the concept of nostalgia and memory to audiences, using my work as an emotion-releasing catharsis. In my critical journal, I analyse and explore the challenges associated with sustainability, such as over-consumption and environmental protection, with regard to making, purchasing and collecting jewellery. I then explore the impact of sustainable development on my studio work. Eventually, by means of the analysis and research on nostalgic psychology, I outline the way I apply the concept of sustainability to my expression of memory, nostalgia and cure.

 

Contact
runtianzhang0101@gmail.com
r.zhang2@student.gsa.ac.uk
Works
Cloudy Ring
Untitled
Herbal Friends

Cloudy Ring

Cloudy Ring

Fabric, Silver, Cotton

Cloudy Ring

Fabric, Silver, Cotton

Illustration

Illustration

Untitled

Herbal Mask & Herbal Earrings

Copper, Velvet, Silver, Herbs, Cotton, Fabric, Acrylic Paint

Herbal Bear Brooch

Copper, Velvet, Silver, Herbs, Cotton, Fabric, Acrylic Paint

Herbal Mask & Herbal Earrings

Copper, Velvet, Silver, Herbs, Cotton, Fabric, Acrylic Paint

Herbal Mask & Herbal Earrings

Copper, Velvet, Silver, Herbs, Cotton, Fabric, Acrylic Paint

Herbal Bear Brooch

Copper, Velvet, Silver, Herbs, Cotton, Fabric, Acrylic Paint

Illustration

Illustration

Illustration

Illustration

Illustration

Illustration

Illustration

Illustration

Illustration

Print

Print

Illustration

Herbal Bear Brooch

Copper, Velvet, Silver, Herbs, Cotton, Fabric, Acrylic Paint

Herbal Friends

Herbal Friends

Cooper, Silver, Fabric, Waxed Linen String, Cotton, Herbs

Herbal Friends

Cooper, Silver, Fabric,Waxed Linen String, Cotton, Herbs

Herbal Friends

Cooper, Silver, Fabric,Waxed Linen String, Cotton, Herbs

Herbal Friends

Cooper, Silver, Fabric,Waxed Linen String, Cotton, Herbs

Herbal Friends

Cooper, Silver, Fabric,Waxed Linen String, Cotton, Herbs

Herbal Friends

Silver, Fabric, Waxed Linen String, Cotton, Herbs, Silk

Herbal Friends

Silver, Fabric, Waxed Linen String, Cotton, Herbs, Silk

Illustration

Illustration

Illustration