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Jewellery & Metal (MA)

Ruining Zhang

Ruining (Rannie) is a contemporary jewellery artist based in Shanghai. Since 2014 she has been studying accessory design in Beijing and Taiwan. In 2021 she graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Jewellery and Metal. Over the two years of study, she has focused on the relationship between natural philosophy and human beings, translating her thoughts on nature into jewellery to create new symbolic representations and documenting the story of jewellery with performances and video recordings.


Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Jewellery & Metal (MA)

There are three key elements in my work: plants, poetry and time

I feel many of my ideas also reflect the relationship between cities and people. But I prefer soft and abstract things and aspire to visualize them. That's why I have chosen plants as a key inspiration within my practice. In my mind, plants and machinery are the same, just as workers and gardeners are the same. They both exist in a symbiotic relationship with each other. More importantly, they must co-exist with each other in order to develop.

I wrote a lot of poetry from and on nature which recorded the story of what was happening to me at the time, the verses were like a diary for me, so I engraved them on metal. For me, I like materials that change, when they change we have a sense of time passing. I engrave poems written for plants on metal, it's a connection with the plant, and as the plant changes both the metal and the poem begin to change too. I am interested in seeing the energy between the viewer and the piece, when the viewer is able to connect with the piece, meaning begins to emerge. When the wearer wears my work they feel the touch of the plants and even smell them. When the wind is used as a medium to connect with my work, you witness the shape of time and hear the sounds made by the swaying between the metal and the plants. When the work interacts with a specific object, the object will judge it because of its own context or emotion, and this judgement is what I hope to bring to the viewer.

I like to allow my body to feel what is happening in the moment, to follow my sense of touch, and gather inspiration for feedback. Originality, feeling, philosophical exploration, and finding inspiration are the ways I communicate with my art and the work inevitably reveals a way of looking at the world and letting it carry you with it.


In this series, I want to document the energy between plants and humans through poetry, video, images, and music.

To make people think about what is most precious in the world we live in, all that we have, everything is precious

ROSE

Family: Rosaceae

Growth cycle: 3 months 17days

Native to: Liberty first floor shop

Conservation: Love


Medium:

ROSE, BRASS

Size:

18×18×3.6

Family: Apocynaceae Juss

Growth cycle: 6 months 4 days

Native to: New covent Garden market

Conservation: Grow


Medium:

HOYA LINEARIS, BRASS

Size:

46×1×0.6

Family: Poaceae

Growth cycle: 3 months 4 days

Native to: The Regents park

Conservation: Labor


Medium:

ORYZOIDEAE, COPPER WIRE

Size:

60×16×1

Family: Brassicaceae

Growth cycle: 22 days

Native to: Amazon 

Conservation: Surprise


Medium:

CRESS, ALUMINUM

Size:

21×0.8×0.8

Family: Liliaceae

Growth cycle: Forever

Native to: RCA WOO building 

Conservation: Change


Medium:

LILY, COPPER, FLORAL FABRIC, GLASS

Size:

12×7.4×0.8

Family: Ranunculaceae Juss

Growth cycle: 9 days

Native to: Free gift from clothing store

Conservation: Distance


Medium:

ANEMONE CORONARIA,SLIVER

Size:

130×5.6×2.3

Family: Iridaceae

Growth cycle: 1 months 18 days

Native to: Waitrose flower area

Conservation: Symbiosis


Medium:

FREESIA, BRASS

Size:

6.4×1.5×1
Music in this video - Song: Mother Earth's Plantasia (Official Full Album Stream) Artist: Mort Garson — ISCLAIMER* NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO MUSIC IN THIS VIDEO. I DO NOT MONETIZE THIS VIDEO. If you own copyright to this music please contact me. I am not the copyrighter, but I believe in the power of Plantasia.

Family: Fabaceae

Growth cycle: 1 days

Native to: Friend’s home

Conservation: Wind


Medium:

SWEET PEA, BRASS

Size:

30×30×1