Project: Generation – Ginkgo3D’s First Young Student Designer Award

Meet the Designer

Graduating soon from Raffles Design Institute, Jia Yin is a keen jewellery designer. She is also recognised as the first “Young Student Designer” on Ginkgo3D and one of the three winners of the Raffles x Ginkgo3D Design Contest 2017. At the age of 20, she has already made countless beautiful jewellery pieces and has now ventured into making jewellery using 3D Printing. Her hobbies include playing the guzheng, sports, music, travel, and reading. This is her project.

Project: Generation

Family treasures and well-preserved antiques form the link from one generation to the next. They contain the best memories, passed down from elder to child, from one generation to the next. Heritage is important.

Context & Inspiration

The design is inspired by wisteria trees. Wisteria is a deciduous twining woody vine with smooth or hairy, grey, brown or reddish coloured stems. It produces white, pink, purple or blue flowers arranged in long, drooping clusters, blooming during spring and summer. Found in eastern parts of USA and Asia (China, Korea, Japan), wisteria has strong environment adaptability and grows in warm temperate climates.

In China, wisteria is found south of the Yangtze River and the Yellow River in Shaanxi, Hebei, Henan, Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan. The purple flowers can be batter fried, washed in cold boiled water to make a salad, or made into “ziluo cake” and wisteria-flavoured pasta.

Humans experience growth, old age, illnesses and death. Similarly, the life cycle of a wisteria tree lasts from conception to decline. Generations emphasize tradition and time, the link between the past, the present and the future. Combining nature and heritage, the designs are created to represent this link – the before, the now and the future – similar to how wisteria flowers in a cluster are linked.

Concept Sketches & Illustrations

Computer Aided Graphics

Final Product


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