Wanshu Li's jewellery aims to explore how the multi-sensory experience of wearing and viewing jewellery can be changed with the enhancement of light as an interactive medium. Her work attempts to challenge the traditional way that people wear and interact with jewellery by exploring the relationship between materiality and sensory experiences, using traditional and digital techniques.
The jewellery series "Go with the Glow" is largely inspired by the brilliant colours and sensuous movements of sea creatures like jellyfish and sea anemones. The concept of the work aims to explore a multi-sensory wearing experience in jewellery which involves different sensory perceptions such as visual enjoyment, tactility and sound. The exotic jewels are designed to appeal to the hand and ear as well as the eye. The glass beads mounted on their moving nylon wires are irresistibly tempting to touch, and all the pieces create subtle sounds as they move with the body.
Wanshu’s fascination with dance culture, laser light show and stage performances have encouraged her to add a further visual dimension to the work. She experiments with ultraviolet-reactive nylon and fluorescent paint which combine to produce a remarkable intensity of colour when the jewellery is lit with UV light. The fluorescent effect of the jewels provides pleasurable visual enjoyment for both wearers and viewers.