Lois Lo is a jewellery maker based in London. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in Jewellery design, and was awarded the Graduate Prize for Outstanding Design by Annouska, also awarded for Excellence in Non-Precious Metalwork by The Worshipful company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers company. Lois has been working in experimental formats, exploring material’s potential by physically working with them and testing its limits, and finding unique characteristics in each material. Lois’ work has been based on non-precious metals such as brass and copper, as she believes the designer can change the value of base metals. She hopes to explore other organic material while considering the environmental impacts.
Metal is the material that connects the earth to the human body as mankind often wear metal as accessories. Material experimentation has always been the main drive for creativity, but do we ever consider the provenance and consequences of using earth’s resources? As a jeweller, we work closely with earth’s materials like metal and gemstones, these finite resources are never to be thought again other than shiny wearables that accessorise our daily lives.
Through working with natural materials, this work in progress attempts to purvey the importance of sustainably consciousness as an artist, as well as utilising natural materials to create everyday jewellery. Questioning the fine line between mindless creativity and conscious designing.
This project hopes to explore the idea of minimalist designing and experimental methods to create wearable jewellery. Finding ways to minimise negative effects on the environment by decreasing the use of gas and soldering, as well as creating my own “gemstone” using natural materials. Attempting to create commercially looking jewellery while be aware of global issues.