Alice Yujing Yan is originally from China, where she received a BFA degree in animation. In Canada she decided to study jewellery and began metalsmithing at NSCAD University, receiving a BFA in Jewellery Design in 2014. Yan has shown her work throughout North American and Asia. She was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program in 2014. Yan now is a full time jeweller at JJStudio, Toronto, Canada.
Her work is inspired by modern architecture and, in particular, minimalism. She forms each shape out of a flat sheet of copper, and fabricates them together. This allows her to explore form that is both representative of architectural elements that she loves, and her innermost feelings. The use of color is prevalent in her work for its symbolic meaning and emotive qualities. She mainly uses powder coating and enamelling techniques to apply colors on each piece, which create different evocative textures and surfaces.