Jiashi Ying

“Most of my childhood memories come from my toys. When I was a child playing with toys, I seemed to reach into a magical world, a world where I can feel love and creativity. Even when I grow up, those feelings are still vivid. As time went on and my toys were forgotten and even broken, the memories began to fade. So, jewelry allows me to break the chains of time and physics and record them.

I express my nostalgia for my childhood memories by recycling old toys and reassembling them. The production process uses a combination of digital technique and toy pieces, trying to find the perfect balance between old and new technology. Recycled broken toys tell the story of childhood. The 3D printing material I choose is the sustainable PLA material made of corn.

As a medium to convey emotions, jewelry not only connects the spiritual world and the material world, but also the past and the present. My work is a record of eternal emotions and memories.”

Jiashi Ying was born in Wuhan, China. As a child, she was greatly influenced by her mother and had a great interest in making jewelry. She moved to the United States in 2015 and graduated from the University of Evansville in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Art therapy. She continued to pursue her dream after graduating from MFA Jewelry at Savannah College of Art and Design. During her studies, she gradually discovered that she was passionate about expressing her views in the form of jewelry in unique materials.

As a jewelry designer, Jiashi has a keen interest and inspired by life, childhood memories, nature, and environmental protection. She specializes in making jewelry out of different recyclable materials, reusing the most insignificant and easily discarded "trash" and giving them precious meaning. Through her jewelry, Jiashi hopes to raise people's awareness that environmental protection starts with the details of everyday life.