Contemporary Oriental Jewelry
With the rise of the Asian market in the 21st century, the Eastern world is receiving increasing importance day by day. Hence, in the field of art jewelry, a new force with cultural representation is exceedingly anticipated.
Since the 1880s, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, streamlined style, and Minimalism of the Western world has almost defined the look of today’s jewelry. In comparison, the oriental jewelry design accumulated over thousands of years appears overly traditional, making it hard to incorporate into modern people’s wear.
Jewelry can not only serve as a kind of ornaments but reflect people’s attitudes and minds. Born and growing up in the modern East with a unique and deep cultural background, is it possible for us to create a new style with the essence of the East but not old-fashioned?
LUMIN GARDEN is the answer. With the aim to “create contemporary oriental jewelry that passes down culture yet not to be restricted by tradition,” founder Chun-Yuan Tan and interdisciplinary artist Yi-Hsuan Lee together established LUMIN GARDEN Art Jewelry.
“Oriental art especially respects the combination of external form and internal spirit. With this point of view, I would like to create a different aesthetic style for jewelry design.” In childhood, Yi-Hsuan Lee lived abroad for many years, following her architect father’s steps walking through Africa, the Middle East and East Asia. She was not only brought up with a wild-spread vision, but also inherited her father’s talent. Yi-Hsuan Lee has an extraordinary sense to colors, lights and the subtle changes in texture. No matter in learning calligraphy, Chinese painting, or Western painting, she can get the feel of it and catch the trick very soon, and shape out her own style.
Taiwanese history has combined Chinese, Spanish, the Netherlands, Japanese, and the Aboriginal cultures. We have 3,000 meters high mountains and forests, surrounded on all sides of the ocean. Since Yi-Hsuan Lee came back to Taiwan, where all the cultural and ecological diversity there is has provided her with rich creative nutrients. With more than ten years’ orthodox fine art training, she can sketch out the unique fantasy world in mind with delicate meticulous lines.