MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
This week is Mental Health Awareness week and our wellbeing beyond physical health continues to be a widely debated topic. Explore below two of the students exhibiting at ND22 who have shared their personal experiences through creativity and imagination.
YIJIA HE, THE ANXIETY RELIEF
Jewellery Materials and Design, Sheffield Hallam University
Combining traditional jewellery making with three-dimensional printing techniques, He has designed a five-piece jewellery collection named The Anxiety Relief Set. Inspired by Chinese heritage and rituals, it responds to the impact on her mental health caused by the pandemic, while proposing ways to alleviate anxiety, loneliness, and the feeling of isolation.
DINGYUAN LIU, THE 25TH HOUR
Jewellery and Silversmithing, University of Edinburgh
The pandemic affected Liu hugely – staying indoors during lockdown triggered her fantasy of going out and led her to creating a utopia in her own imagination. Her collection, named The 25th Hour, is inspired by the moon as well as cycling.
By observing the bicycle structures, most parts of her design are connected with screws and cogs with kinetic elements, while materials such as black and white mother of pearl, titanium, brass and silver mimic the colour of the moon at different times in a day.