Jewelry is a tool that I use to explore the inner self. I strive to bring the visual and haptic quality of jewelry through contrasting colors and alternative materials to share serendipity. As a child, I used touch to explore the world around me, and with my jewelry, I hope to evoke that same curiosity by encouraging intuitive touch. It ultimately provokes dynamic interactions between wearer and viewer, visually and actually.
In this body of work, I aim to awake sensory interaction. Growing up in an urban city where natural and industrial coexist harmoniously, brought me a different perspective. I am committed to finding my own definition of serendipity through daily studio practice. I believe if you treat one thing attentively, you can always find beauty in it.
I work primarily with concrete, to me, it is not austere and bland but a flexible and shape-able material. I manipulate it in my own way to challenge its softness, tactility, and transparency. The transition of material from coarse to soft intrigues viewers to see and touch my jewelry.
About Stina Wen
Stina (Siqiong) Wen graduated from the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalwork. Now she is a M.F.A student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Jewelry, for which she received the Achievement Graduate Scholarship and Academic Honors Scholarship. Although she was trained in traditional metalsmithing in her undergrad study, she is passionate about exploring alternative materials and observing everything in her daily life that infuse her creative process.
As a jewelry designer who was born in China and studied and traveled around different countries, she has experienced diverse cultures in her life. Stina attends the Smithsonian American Craft Show and Philadelphia MoA Contemporary Craft Show annually, and her works have been exhibited in United States, China, and Italy. Besides making jewelry, Stina enjoys teaching and writing articles that share or spread her artistic experience and enthusiasm for jewelry to more people.