Location: West Vancouver
Member Since: 2019
Dreaming of magical forms in metal and stones is a part of Chi’s creative process. Jewelry design and fabrication is her passion. Chi began studying fine art at Parsons School of Design in New York City and fell in love with working in metals and jewelry. Her work is inspired by a lifetime of cross-cultural experiences and exposure to art, architecture and natural wonder. Born in Taiwan, grew up in dynamic New York, lived in pulsing Hong Kong, and am now settled in beautiful Vancouver, Canada and working in her studio in the woods of West Vancouver. A part of her artistic journey includes working for luxury 5th Avenue design house Harry Winston for over fifteen years. For over 35 years Chi had exhibited in many group shows, art festivals, various gallery shops and museum shops in USA and Canada.
As a studio jewelry artist trained in the traditional fabrication techniques of casting, sawing, hammering, soldering metal and setting stones. Chi creates contemporary one-of-a-kind and limited production precious metal jewelry and wearable art: earrings, pins, necklaces, pendants, rings, bracelets and cuff-links mostly in sterling silver, karat gold, pearls, diamonds and stones. Chi's design process often starts with a sketches or doodles in her sketch book or scrap paper, and sometime just playing with a piece of stone sitting at her work bench that gets her to start working on the setting and "sketching" by arranging pieces of metal, wire and pearls creating totally unique hand fabricated pieces. Other designs may start with original models for the traditional lost-wax process, can be made in wax or fabricated from silver then mold and cast for production designs. (due to limited studio space I use a small local casting house to cast my metals pieces) The parts are then cut, sand and fused, surface textures added by hand, and gemstones are set. Chi often combine cast pieces and fabricated pieces to create unique designs.