Aiqiao Chen is an artist who is keen to find inspiration from her surroundings and social issues. Chen is interested in exploring new materials, especially biodegradable materials. Chen believed that exploring materials inspires her creativity as well as giving more opportunities to practice her craftmanship. In her design and development process, she particularly enjoys drawing, model making and using photography throughout.
The inspiration of this series comes from wonky fruit and vegetables that never reach the store shelves because of aesthetic imperfections. Chen used the similarity between odd food and common human body difference and changes to make jewellery that raise people’s awareness of odd fruits and vegetables. Chen has also made a wearable replaceable biodegradable jewellery collection to show off the odd fruits and vegetables have beautiful elements when looked at differently.
Jewellery is distinctive for its conceptual tendency. It is the handmade craft that artists used as a tool to express their understanding of aesthetics, culture or societal issues surroundings in the current social environment. Through Aiqiao’s jewellery, she hopes that people can rethink the possibilities of society and the issues that are ignored.