Art Therapy and Jewelry
Unlike the provisionality of traditional drawing therapy sessions, transforming the symbols from people’s unconscious into daily wear can be more concrete and lasting. Combining fashion artefacts with drawing therapy, symbols can be looked at and referred to, literally and in memory for a long time, activate the healing function by living it.
WHO estimated 350 million people in the world suffer from depression, fewer than half of those go to treatments, social stigma on mental disorders deprives people of proper understanding and emotional support which may lead to worse condition even suicide, nearly nothing take place in people’s emotional growth and psychological holism. According to the theory of transpersonal psychology, psychological holism means a more holistic approach will involve recognition , owning, and in some sense acceptance of the shadow . This implies the possibility of a higher-order integration of “positive” and “negative” in which the shadow is seen not as our enemy, but as fundamental to our nature.
Transitional phenomena (Winnicott) demonstrates that we experience life in an area that is intermediate between the inner reality of the individual and the shared reality of the world. According to psychotherapist Carl Jung, symbols from the unconscious act in a complementary relationship to the conscious status of the psyche. Healing activation of symbol has 4 stages: opening to the unconscious; giving it form; reaction by the ego; living it. Recent research on enclothed cognition demonstrate a powerful link between a person’s attire and the way they behave, dress can affect the wearer’s mood or affective state and serve to regulate emotions. The project holding by Yuan Liu as a final project of MA in Central Saint Martins aims at letting people get aware of their darker, shadow aspects of themselves through image making, transforming the symbolic patterns to the accessories and accepting and living it through them, to popularizing the art therapy through a easy and comfortable platform, helping people face up to the problems through their own therapeutic wearing. The exhibition collaborating with art therapist and jewelry designers showing the outcome of the former experimental procedure and will be a new beginning of further development of the project.
Curator: Yuan Liu
Project Collaborator: Deba Salim（British Association of Art Therapists）
Exhibition collaborators (Jewelry designers)：Birgit Toke Tauka Frietman; Matilde Mozzanega; Tian Tang; Yizhi Hu