Jacqueline Nguyen has an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design from Melbourne Polytechnic having graduated in 2019 with the O’Neils affiliated award for Best Design and the EG Etal series project winner award. She also went on to become the 2020 VIC/TAS winner of the Design Institute of Australia’s Australasian Graduate of the Year Award (Jewellery and Objects)
for her graduate collection.
Her work concentrates on the observation of gender concepts - what is considered ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ - by examining and identifying what defines something as gender specific during the creative process, then reinterpreting once traditional, wearable pieces into something modern that stills pertains a timeless quality. This has allowed for her aesthetic to draw on the juxtaposing characteristics she see between soft curves, creases and crevices and the sharp precision of angular and architectural lines.