Jewellery holds the sentiments of our attitudes towards life. The raw emotions of the maker, the expressions of the purchaser and the touch of the wearer, this is what has attracted me to contemporary jewellery. It’s not just the creations, but also the narratives.
Annie Huang is a South African-Taiwanese jewellery designer. Having lived in multiple countries, she is inspired by cultures, especially in the arts and languages. Gaining her education in contemporary jewellery at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, UK, has allowed her to step into the niche world of art jewellery.
For her 2015 ‘Sense of Belonging’ collection, she uses jewellery as a creative medium to explore the personal sense of belonging of individuals. She invites both jewellery and non-jewellery wearers to share their stories over a hot drink. As she listens and writes, the words written are then transformed onto metal to be formed into multiple layers representing the designer’s aesthetics. The burnished edges and lines of the layered metal, exploits the depth of human emotions and aims to provoke thought on where one truly belongs.
After moving to Taiwan near the end of 2015, she spent 2 years working on a ‘Corporate Wear’ range, as well as, offering bespoke services and jewellery lessons to students of all ages.
Currently, she is pursuing an MFA in Gemstone and Jewellery at Idar-Oberstein in Germany. She hopes to dedicate 2-3 years to researching some new materials to interpret her subject on human connections.