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Leslye Qin Zhang
Remote Habitants
Leslye Qin Zhang
Remote Habitants

“Do we know that our daily life behaviour will profoundly impact marine residents in the distant sea?”

People may overlook most creatures lived in our ocean, which seems far from our daily lives. But they are our indispensable partners on the planet.

“The myriad of amazing creatures that require healthy coral reefs for their very survival……If we lose coral reefs, we lose them all.” (Smith, 2019, P264)

Leslye Qin Zhang’s Remote Habitants uses the visual language of jewellery to highlight the threat posed to underwater corals by human activity.

“I want to raise more people to be aware of climate change and the environment, affecting all living beings, including human and sea life. Coral is a vital part of the ocean ecology which we humans take for granted our continuing unlimited economic development endangering the environment.”

Zhang choice of medium: metal wire crochet evokes this submarine world: organic, colourful, soft and transparent, yet meditates on the challenges posed

“The challenge of metal crochet is that every step is irreversible, but the advantage is that every step is innovative. Everything revolves around the design theme, creating new connection methods, structural shapes, and flexible and smooth visual language expression.”

 

Remote Habitants
Necklace. Crocheted alloy wire, silk organza, UV resin, silk thread and Fiberfill. 80x12x6cm
Remote Habitants
Remote Habitants
Sketch
Remote Habitants
Earrings. Crocheted alloy wire 49x12x4cm
Remote Habitants
Necklace. Crocheted and oxidised fine silver wire. 83x12x5cm
Remote Habitants
Brooch. Crocheted and oxidised fine silver wire, crocheted alloy wire, oxidised fine silver and stainless steel wire. 36x7x7cm
Remote Habitants
Brooch
Remote Habitants
Brooch. Media Crocheted fine silver wire, crocheted alloy wire and fine silver. 39x8x8cm
Remote Habitants
Headwear. Crocheted alloy wire. 65x21x9cm