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Degree Show 2020

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Cheuk Man Au
Connect Again
Cheuk Man Au
Connect Again

The connection between ‘restored objects’ and ‘restored emotions’ is presented in the context of contemporary jewellery.

In today’s world of disposable consumerism, with everything so easy to obtain we become less appreciative of things. Against this background, Cheuk Man Au has researched and created ‘restored objects’. Visualising abstract emotions, she then uses a variety of different repair methods to repair these,  the repair of objects becoming a metaphor for emotional repair as the three-dimensional heart shape is restored through different restoration methods and materials.

Invisible Connections
“We will possess many objects throughout our lives. Most are mundane, and we often neglect and underestimate our emotional attachment to them. I wanted to give these objects a symbol of emotional connection, because the way we use them allows them to participate in our emotional events. I used everyday repair methods as design inspiration”
Invisible Connections
Invisible Connections Series 2021 Brooch. Copper, plastic, steel, 55x50x50mm
Invisible Connections
Invisible Connections
Brooch. Brass, silver welding flux, steel, 25x50x50mm
Invisible Connections
Brooch. Brass, copper, steel, rubber, 75x50x15mm
Friends Who Fall Asleep Together
"Many people have an innate attachment to plush dolls, a phenomenon psychologists call ‘soft attachment’ which usually becomes apparent in early childhood. In my childhood, I also had a lot of furry "friends". Every night, I would put them neatly by my side and cover them with quilt carefully. This collection combines plush and sewn elements to express emotional restoration."
Friends Who Fall Asleep Together
Brooch. Wool, silk thread, plastic, steel, 70x70x15mm, 65x45x20mm and 45x45x20mm
Be Delicate Again
"I was inspired by the techniques used in the restoration of cultural relics and antiques. Cultural relics and antiques are the witness of time, the inheritance and connection of each generation's emotions, expressed here through the combination of ceramic shards and Kintsukuroi."
Be Delicate Again
Brooch. Bronze, plastic, cryogenic enamel, Kintsukuroi, propylene, steel, 40x40x16mm