Hanbi Xu

I have always been interested in human emotions. For this being an abstract concept, I draw on my personal experiences as a source of inspiration. However, finding ways to deal with negative feelings rather than escaping from them can be challenging. As a jewellery designer, I am interested in creating pieces that address this issue. My designs aim at representing our everyday conflict, or battle against negative emotions, while at the same time, inspiring people to face them as an inevitable aspect of life. I therefore make jewellery that looks intricate and complex in shape, colour and material.  The textures, colours and diversity of materials I use such as clay, glass seed beads and calico fabric are important source of inspiration and my ideas are best expressed through them. I enjoy applying traditional Japanese dyeing techniques such as Shibori which I combine with cold enamel aiming at giving my pieces a mysterious, monstrous appearance. Aesthetically, my jewellery pieces explore organic shapes and forms taken from sea-life or the organs in the human body. I am interested in the response I get from people when they try to find the meaning behind my pieces. Because I work with unconventional materials, shapes and wearable positions my designs aim at provoking and challenging the viewer to spend some time and reflect about the work.


Clay, glass, seed beads, calico fabric



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