Wallace Chan Talks Technology and High-end Jewelry


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PARIS — Wallace Chan stopped in Paris this week to speak about jewelry art, his creative process and technology to graduate students and professionals at the Sciences Po institute in Paris. Based in Hong Kong, the Chinese jeweler was on his way to TEFAF, the art, antiques and design fair in Maastricht, Netherlands, where he will show 30 of his pieces this year. Known for his three-dimensional gem-cutting techniques, the self-taught artist is widely recognized for his work with titanium. Chan spoke with WWD about his views on technology’s effect on the art of jewelry making, and why no high-jewelry brand has yet emerged from China. WWD: How does technology change the way you work? Wallace Chan: When it comes to design or making jewelry or being creative, I continue to innovate and am always learning about the latest technology. Through the process, I continue to explore the relationship between men and substances, between substances and history, or even between now and the future. All of this is highly relevant to creativity. [At Sciences Po] I discussed emotion and the importance of music, as well as the sounds that we may not necessarily perceive. All of these interact and trigger my memories and experiences from the past.

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