Chien-Wei Chang


In Chinese metaphysics, bamboo is a symbol of modesty:
 
“Because its body is empty it can contain substances, because it is hollow people can use it as instruments to make beautiful music”.

In Eastern societies, bamboo grows everywhere and is widely utilised in our daily life. People use it to build houses, vehicles. We make furniture, containers, tools, utensils and instruments out of it. We even eat it (bamboo shoots). This natural material is utilised in every single aspect of our lives. People take it for granted. In other words, our use of bamboo is an example of generalised human behaviour towards natural resources and how we treat our environment.

The association of bamboo as a cultural symbol of the East is now widely accepted in Western societies. This cultural symbolism can be used as a metaphor to represent me, a foreign artist who is living and working in British society. The representation of my work can tell the story of my journey in Britain and reflect the differences in values, perceptions and treatment between cultures.

As a silversmith/metal artist who is working in the UK applied arts, I am constantly producing highly decorative, craftily made, beautiful objects with function. I now want to use my work to create an awareness of social contexts among craft audiences via an exploration of the different perspectives of Western and Eastern cultures in modern Britain.

My intent is to prove craft can step out of its domestic environment and engage with a wider public audience by delivering larger social messages.

Education
2002-2004 City & Guilds in Silversmithing Large work, London Metropolitan University
2000-2002 MA Degree in Silversmithing & Jewellery Allied Crafts, London Guildhall University
1990-1994 BA Degree in German Language & Literature, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan

Selected exhibitions
2009 Collect 2009 at Saatchi Gallery, London
Modern Masters’, International Trade Fair in Munich, Germany
2008 Goldsmiths’ 2008, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
‘Focus’ Exhibition, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
‘Fantasia’, Craft2eu, Hamburg, Germany
Collect. Victoria & Albert Museum London. Represented by Contemporary Applied Arts.
2007 21st Century Showcase, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
2007 Origin 2007, Somerset House
Goldsmiths’ 2007, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
In the Window, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Rising Stars, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
Urban Field, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
Silver Art, Montan Gallery, Copenhagen
Collect at V&A, London
2006 "Chien-Wei Chang" Creative 8, Clerkenwell Green  Association. (Solo Show)
Christmas Showcase at V&A, Crafts council Gallery Shop, London
Everyday, Flow Gallery, London
Take Me Home, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Origin Somerset House, London
2005 A spoonful surprise, Studio Fusion Gallery, OXO Tower Wharf, London
Dazzle National Theatre, London
Frosted, Crafts Council Gallery Shop, London
 
Public Collection
2008 Manchester Art Gallery
2008 Manchester Metropolitan University
2006 Norway National Museum Decorative Arts

Awards
2008 Cove Park Artist Residency - Silversmithing
2008 ‘Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2008’ - Shortlisted Artist
2006 Evening Standard-Homes & Property: Domestic Design Award, First Place at Origin 2006
2005 Creative 8, Clerkenwell Green Association (sponsored by Arts Council England)
2004 British Jewellers’ Association Merit Award

Press
2007 Wallpaper Magazine
2006 Icon Magazine
Crafts Magazine, Origin
Vogue Magazine (Taiwan) Artist interview
Crafts Magazine, Solo show review
Independent Magazine Top 50 Dinning Ware.
Telegraph Magazine

Exhibitions

Archive

2009

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