Leyla Asif
Jungeun Han
Soo Kim
Evdokia Savva
Gigi Barker
Yuchen Cao
Katharina Gross
Ana Jimenez Palomar
Anjali Shah
Yangyi Bao
Maylinda Bhakdithanaseth
Flora Bhattachary
Aurelie LeBourhis
Yi Cheng
Noor Fares
Anshu Hu
Kaixi Huang
Hyerim Kim
Dong Kim
Jihye Lee
Poornima Subramanian
Lydia Sui
Jin Zhang

Lydia Marisa Siu
Aquatic Monsters

The world’s oceanic waters have played a powerful role as a shared resource throughout time, feeding, connecting and shaping people as nations, tribes and individuals. The ocean is the medium that connects the East and the West. Exotic fish such as goldfish and koi have long represented wealth and prosperity in Chinese culture and were highly regarded in Europe during the eighteenth century, symbolising good luck and fortune. These cultural traits cullied in the Rococo period fusing concepts from both the East and the West.

Across the oceans and through the ages Chinese culture has influenced the West, driving the European fascination and desire for all things Chinese. Lydia studied this diverse integration of different cultures, which resonated with her own multi-cultural background, by combining an historic review of aquatic Rococo design with primary research in the immediacy of the Hong Kong fish markets. Inspired by the frightening and bizarre associations of blood and raw organs of the markets provided a contemporary edge to contrast the stylised ornament of Rococo, with its intricate, feminine and curvaceous lines. These shared histories come together in a collection that defines a range of opulent and challenging jewellery for the future.