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Above: RCA jewellery and metal 2019 graduates 1&2. Chloe Valorso/ 3.  Ashley Wahba/ 4. Hongdu He/ 5. Micaela Mornaghi/ 6.  Rui Liu/ 7. Mingze Zhang


Living jewellery, sacred amulets, and pieces that question contemporary values were on show at the Royal College of Art (RCA) 2019 jewellery and metal graduate show.

Chloe Valorso’s No One Told You I Was From The Future project aims to blur the lines between fiction and reality, and embrace ‘magical thinking’. The project features various spiritual stones, mystical apparatus and statuettes of anthropomorphic deities. Valorso explains: ‘My project encourages a contemplative and spiritual approach to our environment. Nourished by these experiences, the pieces act as an invitation to perceive the re-enchantment of our world.’

Ashley Wahba’s project, titled Basically… I Just Want Attention, features a mixture of printed scarves and accessories that parody mass culture imagery such as brands, current beauty trends and symbols of capitalism.

Hongdu He’s Diaries Written In The Room project deals with hidden feelings and issues relating to identity. ‘Through these works, I am trying to express my true opinions through identities, the 'perfect' marriage and the beauty industry,’ explains He. One piece in the project is The Beauty Mask, which uses skincare and cosmetic products to challenge our reliance on makeup to feel confident.

Micaela Mornaghi carves rocks and crystals into small everyday objects, giving them the appearance of contemporary, sacred amulets. Mornaghi says: ‘Each crystal has its own property and corresponds to a specific chakra and the object connects to that particular part of the body.’

Jewellnimals by Rui Liu imagines a world where jewellery pieces are living, breathing beings that sparkle and glisten in order to attract us to them and take them home. ‘But it is not easy to get rid of them once they get on your body,’ Liu warns. Pieces include a bracelet made from resin, plastic, textiles and gold plated copper, that resembles a parasitic organism.

A Wall And A Bag by Mingze Zhang is a project that combines performance with design. Each day, Zhang built a wall using 100 bricks before walking in front of it, dismantling it and making a series of functionless handbags from the same bricks. ‘During the process of repeating the performance, each time, I ask myself a simple question: what am I doing? Not in building a wall or walking in front of the wall, they are more like a process of meditation and self-reflection to me, I'm thinking about the meaning of my existence, thinking about the perspective from which we regard things, thinking about what position I hold in society,’ writes Zhang.

See more examples of this year's RCA graduates by visiting the Royal College of Art Show 2019 website.

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Above: RCA jewellery and metal 2019 graduates 1&2. Chloe Valorso/ 3.  Ashley Wahba/ 4. Hongdu He/ 5. Micaela Mornaghi/ 6.  Rui Liu/ 7. Mingze Zhang


Living jewellery, sacred amulets, and pieces that question contemporary values were on show at the Royal College of Art (RCA) 2019 jewellery and metal graduate show.

Chloe Valorso’s No One Told You I Was From The Future project aims to blur the lines between fiction and reality, and embrace ‘magical thinking’. The project features various spiritual stones, mystical apparatus and statuettes of anthropomorphic deities. Valorso explains: ‘My project encourages a contemplative and spiritual approach to our environment. Nourished by these experiences, the pieces act as an invitation to perceive the re-enchantment of our world.’

Ashley Wahba’s project, titled Basically… I Just Want Attention, features a mixture of printed scarves and accessories that parody mass culture imagery such as brands, current beauty trends and symbols of capitalism.

Hongdu He’s Diaries Written In The Room project deals with hidden feelings and issues relating to identity. ‘Through these works, I am trying to express my true opinions through identities, the 'perfect' marriage and the beauty industry,’ explains He. One piece in the project is The Beauty Mask, which uses skincare and cosmetic products to challenge our reliance on makeup to feel confident.

Micaela Mornaghi carves rocks and crystals into small everyday objects, giving them the appearance of contemporary, sacred amulets. Mornaghi says: ‘Each crystal has its own property and corresponds to a specific chakra and the object connects to that particular part of the body.’

Jewellnimals by Rui Liu imagines a world where jewellery pieces are living, breathing beings that sparkle and glisten in order to attract us to them and take them home. ‘But it is not easy to get rid of them once they get on your body,’ Liu warns. Pieces include a bracelet made from resin, plastic, textiles and gold plated copper, that resembles a parasitic organism.

A Wall And A Bag by Mingze Zhang is a project that combines performance with design. Each day, Zhang built a wall using 100 bricks before walking in front of it, dismantling it and making a series of functionless handbags from the same bricks. ‘During the process of repeating the performance, each time, I ask myself a simple question: what am I doing? Not in building a wall or walking in front of the wall, they are more like a process of meditation and self-reflection to me, I'm thinking about the meaning of my existence, thinking about the perspective from which we regard things, thinking about what position I hold in society,’ writes Zhang.

See more examples of this year's RCA graduates by visiting the Royal College of Art Show 2019 website.

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