Room Temperature - Lin Cheung

Room Temperature, Lin Cheung, 2007. Image © John Hammond

Object Details

Date of making
Date of acquisition
Jewellery making: photo-etching, hand-folding, assemblage
Sterling silver, acrylic, glass
L240mm x W60mm x D10mm
Collection Number

Maker Details

Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
Place Trained
Royal College of Art, London, MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery, 1995 - 1997; University of Brighton, Brighton, BA (Hons) Wood, Metal, Ceramics & Plastics, 1991 - 1994
1 Cockpit Yard Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP, England
Crafts Council Setting up Grant, 1999
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Room Temperature is a silver engraved wall-mounted thermometer with an unconventional scale, using Fahrenheit and Celsius measurements to define emotions and feelings ranging from explosive and intoxicating, through agreeable and pleasant, to bitter and glacial. The Crafts Council was keen to collect a piece that reflected a significant point in Lin Cheung’s career, representing a distinctive shift from jewellery to objects.

Cheung is inspired by the social and personal issues that shape our lives: the objects we own, cherish and wear, and our relationships with them. She is also the acclaimed designer behind the medals for which Paralympic athletes will compete in 2012.

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Lin Cheung

“This piece marks a distinctive shift of emphasis from making jewellery to making objects. My ideas and approach to thinking about objects already existed but around this time, I began to expose these more deliberately, making sets of things and taking part in silver and object only exhibitions. It is a key piece that stemmed from a love of the English language and all its peculiarities. In more ways than one it seems to sum up my practice, interests and craft concerns. Room Temperature measures the emotional atmosphere of any room. The words on the surface were chosen based on their duality of usage to both describe the weather and an emotional feeling.”

Lin Cheung

Lin Cheung, Jeweller

From the Archive

Acquisition Proposal, Elizabeth Callinicos, Crafts Council Acquisitions Advisor 2009-2010

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