I believe an object holds its own beauty and individuality. Paying attention to my surroundings to find an object, my jewelry is inspired by capturing its innate quality of form and function.
Reflecting my diverse background - born in Seoul, Korea; educated in New York City; lived in Lincoln, MA; and recently moved to CA - I find beauty in elements from industrial objects to natural forms. My design expresses the places where I have lived; ranging from pulleys and wheels from urban, industrial environments, to buds and leaves from rural life surrounded by nature. Recent works involve the exploration of acupuncture pins as a medium - curiosity stirred both by growing up with aunts who were acupuncturists and by having carried chronic shoulder pain for a long time. I find great strength in these fine pins and in the springy tension of their creative form. It gives me joy to transform ordinary elements into a wearable aesthetic.
Ji Hwang earned a BFA in metals from Parsons School of Design in 1995 and lived in New York City until moving to Boston in 2001. She worked as a jewelry design coordinator at Gemvara, Inc., using computer aided design (CAD) to create custom jewelry. Recently, she moved to Silicon Valley in California.