Wanshu Li grew up in north-east China. After completing an undergraduate degree there, she pursued a Masters at Edinburgh College of Art, having been attracted by the artistic vibrancy of the city.
After graduating, the university offered her a position as an artist in residence.
Wanshu envisages her jewellery as moving art on the body and hopes that one day they will be able to be incorporated into larger-scale clothing items through collaborations with fashion designers.
Her jewellery is focused on exploring the multisensory experience and making tactile wearable pieces, which involve different sensory experiences such as vision, sound, and touch.
The inspiration for her jewellery series “Go with the Glow” stems from capturing the moving moments in the natural world. Wanshu was deeply attracted by free-swimming marine animals. For example, jellyfish, which are soft, light, and glowing with amazing colours.
She was also intrigued by the aesthetics of rave parties and laser-light shows.
Wanshu developed her work by experimenting with acrylic, moving beads, UV reactive nylon wire, UV light and fluorescent paints resulting in light-weighted tactile, colourful and playful pieces. The nylon wires under UV light creates an amazing fluorescent effect and provide a pleasant visual enjoyment for the wearers and viewers.
Moreover, the pieces create subtle sounds, following freely with the movements of the body.