Bic TieuBetween Auspicious Forms1st - 25th November 2017 | Stanley Street Gallery

Bic Tieu
Between Auspicious Forms

1st – 25th November 2017

Bic Tieu, Circling The Surface, 2016, Copper, Sterling Silver, Gold Leaf, Mother of Pearl, Silk Cord, Series of 3 Vessels $350 , $270, $300 and 1 Necklace $220


The collection of works is an investigation of a personal significant practice into ritual objects associated with symbolic offerings, ancestor veneration and auspicious transcendence related to my Chinese heritage. In referencing traditional graphic motifs associated within this context and translating the dialogue into wearable forms and objects. The collection of works consists of handmade metal vessels and jewellery objects using metal and lacquer combined with visual structure, auspicious motifs and patterns.



About Bic Tieu

“Understanding Bic Tieu’s own journey helps us appreciate the meaning of her work. Tieu’s grandparents moved from China to Vietnam in order to escape poverty. Her parents then left South Vietnam for similar reasons after the war. A product of that journey, Tieu was born in an Indonesian refugee camp (“Bic” means sapphire).” Kevin Murray

Bic began her design and jewellery education at the University of NSW College of Fine Arts, where she completed bachelor of Design and Masters Design/honours degrees. Bic's background has always been in design and jewellery making which later lead to a masterclass workshop with the renowned German jeweller Otto Kunzli followed by an internship with Swiss born jeweller Sabine Pagan of Pyrmont Object Studios.

Her practice further developed through a residency with metal master Toru Kaneko in Tohoku, Japan. Bic's fascination with East Asian lacquer and her desire to recreate the characteristics of maki-e lead to the heart and origins of Asia's lacquering birthplaces. To further her knowledge, Bic first spent some time in Vietnam - where she created a body of works and authored dissertation titled 'Traditional Processes of Vietnamese Lacquer and Their Application to Contemporary Jewellery and Small Scale Body related Objects' coupled with an exhibition at the Kudos Gallery in 2006.

Not long after the success of her exhibition, Bic was invited by Japanese lacquer master to take up a formal two- year residency at the world-famous Kitamura Koubou Studios in Wajima Japan where she honed her skills and craft of this wondrous tradition. Bic continues to work on her craft and gives talks and workshops at various local and international design conferences. She has won design awards, received various grants and residencies through Asialink and the Australia Council for the Arts. Her continued research often extends to projects, exhibitions and print publications.

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