Lin Cheung

Senior Lecturer in Textiles and Jewellery Programme Senior Lecturer, Stage 3 Year Tutor, BA Jewellery Design

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Lin Cheung is a jewellery artist and graduated in 1997 from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery. Her work was awarded an Arts Foundation Award in 2001 and a Jerwood Contemporary Makers Award in 2008.

Lin has exhibited jewellery and objects extensively throughout the UK and internationally. In 2007, she contributed an essay for the book New Directions in Jewellery 2 and in 2013, contributed to the inaugural issue of Current Obsession. Recent projects include CSM X Foundling Museum – a Share Academy funded project between select staff and students of CSM BA Jewellery and The Foundling Museum; Pas de Deux – a museumaker 2 joint commission with Laura Potter for mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art); designing the London 2012 Paralympic Games medal and Transplantation – A sense of Place and Culture – a UK and Australian touring exhibition of contemporary British and Australian jewellery.

Lin has a broad spectrum of international teaching and lecturing experience including master-classes and workshops with a strong focus on collaborative working. Mentoring individuals and widening public engagement in contemporary jewellery and craft projects is an integral part of Lin’s practice. 

Research interests

Contemporary jewellery and objects, contemporary craft, goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork, collaborations, collections, museums.

Research statement

Jewellery is a subject, not a material

My work explores the potential of jewellery and objects as expressions of the human condition. A narrative structure is often embedded and concepts are used to explore materially, the hidden meanings, attachments and values placed upon the jewellery object.

I am interested in developing work that questions the role of jewellery for adornment, identity and as a repository of sentiment and evidence and as a trigger of memory and emotion. Fundamental to my process is the interpretation of ideas through the understanding of materials.

I take a sideways look at jewellery by treating it as a social phenomenon to observe, discuss and explore ideas that are on the periphery of the jewellery object. My focus is primarily on concepts of jewellery and how these ideas can be re-presented through the use of jewellery-making techniques, image-making and sound. I work individually and collectively to explore and develop creative responses of how the subject of jewellery can be further experienced. By using jewellery as muse; jewellery contexts and jewellery environments as starting points, projects are researched, developed, explored and presented through making and the interrogation of materials.

Selected research outputs