Jewelry is a soul container. When people attain self-extension through jewelry, they insert their soul into this body adornment. In this way, jewelry becomes another temporary container that allows the soul to flow between inside and outside. Since the body is the first container of the soul, I was mostly inspired by the human body and different form of containers.
The stretched body posture of diving and the color of the ocean are the inspiration for this piece. It expresses my pleasure when I am alone with myself.
This piece depicts an elegant woman wearing a corset waist and a bustle. It was the aesthetic and self-expression of European women in that era; however, this expression may not come from their true selves but from the shaping and pressure of the social environment.
About Baiyu Qu
Baiyu Qu is an MFA student who studies jewelry at Savannah College of Art and Design. She completed a graduate degree in product design at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, in 2019. With a passion for jewelry, she decided to change her major.
She comes from Guangdong, China, and she improved her jewelry-making skill in the VO studio for two years. She gained a good command of metalsmith, enamel, and comprehensive material. In addition, she received a certificate in diamond classification from GIC—Gemological Institute China in 2019. She loves contemporary jewelry; moreover, she gives meaning to jewelry. She has been designing and selling silver and gem jewelry for three years. With the exposure to commercial jewelry, she has the chance to find the balance between commercial jewelry and artistic jewelry. She won ICDA International Contemporary Youth Art Design Competition – Bronze in 2021. She hopes to become a successful jewelry designer after graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design.