The jewellery designer takes us inside his Hong Kong studio and discusses his efforts to express himself through his art, his debt to Michelangelo and his invention of the signature Wallace Cut
‘I express my life through gemstones,’ says Wallace Chan. The designer, who began working with his hands at the age of eight, continues, ‘It’s about a pursuit of freedom. I will even invent a tool to satisfy my curiosity.’
Here, Chan reveals how his early jewellery was inspired by the sculptures of Michelangelo, particularly in terms of the way light plays on their surfaces. ‘I always take light into account,’ he explains. ‘Both the spiritual and the material lights cast onto the surface of a precious stone. I keep seeking until I find that particular point where light can penetrate.’
Chan also explains how, over the course of two and a half years, he invented a carving technique known as the ‘Wallace Cut’. ‘When I carve an image at the back of a gemstone, it makes four reflections when viewed from the front,’ he says. ‘I started to train myself in reverse thinking and craftsmanship.
‘I hope when my creations part with me, they will be seen as transcendent and become symbols of this generation.’
For more on our upcoming Spring 2016 Hong Kong sales, including a pendant necklace by Wallace Chan that is offered in our special 30th anniversary sale on 30 May, see below.