We had the good fortune of connecting with Shu Wang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shu, why did you pursue a creative career?
Designing is a way of expressing my feelings, my attitude and my style. My designs start with my reactions, emotions and expectations. I love experimenting on ways of interacting jewelry, accessories, and garments. When it comes to designing jewelry and accessories, there is no border between fashion and art for me. I love learning different things and the experience of learning can always expands my understanding on art and design.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I was studying in Material Engineering when I entered college.
Even though I wanted to study jewelry design since I was 15 years old, I was told that it would be a huge risk if I chose an art major rather than a science and engineering major since I had zero experience in professional art and design training but had a great academic performance in science related subjects. So, I followed the suggestion.
My first university is good, my first major is one of the best major from the university, and I have made a lot of great friends there. Everything looked fabulous, the only problem is that it is never my thing. I studied maths, physics, chemistry and biology super hard for preparing college enrollment examination, but I never love them. I can not imagine that I have to deal with them the rest of my life.
When I decided to transfer into jewelry design program, there were only a few people who supported me. Many didn’t understand why I would drop a major that would be easier to find a stable job, and start over in a field I never had experience with. But now, I am glad that they understand why I made the decision through my works.
I never regret studying materials engineering. Because of what I’ve learned, I do have a better understanding of working with metals and other materials so I can better use mixed materials and integrate modeling programs and 3D printing into jewelry
Thanks to my brave decision of transferring to jewelry design, I realized how important to not set boundaries between fields and subjects. I have learned that there is no limits, but possibilities.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have several spots would love to recommend. Norton Simon Museum is a great place to visit, not too crowed, has a cafe area outside the museum located in the garden.
Ojai is a great town. to visit near to LA.
If you have a dog, there is a free leash dog beach near to Long Beach, Rosie’s Dog Beach. Highly recommend to dog owner.
If you are a Chinese food lover, San Gabriel and Monterey Park would be good place to visit near to DTLA.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have had a lot of difficult times and I am grateful to my friends, my professors and my parents who have always encouraged me and supported me.
All photos credit to: Bowen Yao