About Caiyang Yin
Caiyang Yin is a contemporary jewellery artist based in Birmingham, currently working as an artist in residence at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University.
Most of his work has sculptural aesthetics, in which both traditional and modern techniques are adopted to express the artist’s thoughts, especially about people’s statement of mind in our current fast-paced society.
Caiyang believes contemporary jewellery is the embodiment of people’s emotions or attitudes. Therefore, he doesn’t believe that contemporary jewellery is necessarily about pleasing aesthetics.
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The maker's process
Chasing (or repoussé) is the major technique Caiyang uses to make his pieces featured with human faces. By hammering the metal sheet from both sides with a set of modified punches, faces with different expressions are created vividly. In this way, Caiyang maximizes the malleability of the material to make his realistic sculptural pieces, especially the brooches, rather lightweight, and consequently secure and comfortable to wear. The production process of one piece usually takes 25 to 40 hours, not a short period yet it totally is a worthwhile endeavor considering the uniqueness and fine finishing of the final product.
Information on commissions
All Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitors welcome commissions. Don’t hesitate to contact this maker and start a conversation about commissioning a piece, unique to you. Examples of commissioning include transforming or combining old jewellery into new pieces, incorporating stones into new settings, or simply working together to create a bespoke piece in the style of this maker.
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