I like to pay attention to our surroundings, incorporating its essential elements into my jewelry. Reflecting my diverse background, I find beauty in elements from industrial objects that serve mankind to natural objects that form life. My earliest designs were inspired by the urban area, Seoul Korea where I grew up, using industrial elements as functional jewelry. I describe this as “Function is Aesthetic.”
Today, life in a Massachusetts suburb allows me to explore the beauty of nature. Recent work involves the exploration of acupuncture pins—a curiosity stirred both by growing up with aunts who were acupuncturists and having carried chronic pain for a long time. I find great strength in these fine pins and in the springy tension of their creative form. Capturing the innate beauty of form and function provides the inspiration for my jewelry.
Ji Hwang earned a BFA in metals from Parsons School of Design in 1995 and lived in New York City, moving to Boston in 2001. Until recently, she was the Jewelry Design Coordinator at Gemvara, Inc., where she also employed computer aided design (CAD) technology to further extend her craft in creating custom jewelry designs.