Acupuncture and energy flows: oriental healing practices inspire the debut collection of Zoe Chutong Huang, a young designer with a very personal and agender idea of jewelry
Monday, 06 March 2023,
by Antonella Reina
Foot-Taiyang Bladder Meridian ear to back body piece in silver-plated brass and black freshwater pearls, Equilibrium collection
Zoe Chutong Huang recently graduated from Central Saint Martins School and did so with a debut collection with a strong visual impact, which well describes the original creative intent of her brand, Z/CH Jewellery. «I see jewelry as a means of communication between the human body and its emotions; jewelry as a mixture of art and many other skills. The intention is to work using different materials and techniques and to study how a piece interacts with the body once it is worn. Furthermore, I pursue the idea of a neutral and contemporary aesthetic, which can finally break the old rules of gender identity.» Born out of the designer's love for the language of oriental healing practices, the jewelry in the Equilibrium collection is inspired by the aesthetics of powerful spiritual concepts. Trees, acupuncture points and energy flows are the principles for creating a dialogue between body and artificial elements. The result is intricate structures made of silverplated brass wires and beads that follow the energy meridians of the hands, face, neck and shoulders, tracing unusual decorative maps with a beauty as ethereal as it is grotesque.