Guantian Dist., Taiwan
Throughout his study years that led him to develop skills in metalsmithing Wu Meng-Ju was always extremely interested in the exploration and experiment of the metal texture, fascinated by the physical state and chemical reaction of metal. Like human skin, metal is a kind a material that can breathe, with its own peculiar way to show wrinkles and aging. This concept is well visible in his projects.
He has won international awards in the world: Germany, Japan, Poland, Italy and Spain are just some of the countries which hosted contests he took part in.
INSTRUMENTADESIGN 2020 – STUDENT PRIZE
“Land” (2019) is the project of Wu Meng-Ju which won the award as the best project carried out by a student. These are four pins made of metal, silver and copper, proposed by the designer also at the ITAMI International Jewellery Exhibition. The result of mixing different metals creates a unique texture, consisting of cracks, folds and edges.
The designer looks at the Tomba della Biga kept at the Archaeological Museum of Adria for the realization of his project: “what remains in the earth after a war is mixed with bones, traces, history and memory (…) creating a mosaic of emotional residue”.
VENICE DESIGN WEEK JEWELRY SELECTION 2020
Title: “Fields of Ruin”
Materials: copper, brass, silver, nickel silver, tin, stainless steel wire
Through the visual experience acquired in what Wu Meng-Ju defines as “ruin of fields”, the designer creates six pins that transform these memories into a story, made of destruction and fear and that invades the visual experience of people so much that it distances them.