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Bic Tieu is a Sydney-based designer and maker of jewellery, wearables and small objects. Inspired by Asian aesthetics and sensibilities, Bic’s work is unique in including traditional Japanese lacquer (maki-e) techniques within a western conception of jewellery and graphics to contemporary practice.
Bic began her design and jewellery education at the University of NSW College of Fine Arts, where she completed bachelor of Design and Masters of 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.
Alongside exploring the realm of the lustrous object, Bic maintains a parallel practice as a freelance commercial jewellery designer. Bic has over five year’s experience in jewellery designing and manufacturing. Working at the production scale, utilising computer-aided design and large-scale production methods to facilitate the commercial jewellery world. Known for her attention to detail, Bic renders meticulous designs in 1:1 scale using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to articulate designs ready for production. In 2013, Bic started the Bic Tieu Studio production workshop. A range of contemporary jewellery design, honing in to reflect her specialty skills.
Bic continues to work on her projects and exhibit within Australia and the Asian Region. A part of Bic’s practice includes 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. In February 2017 Bic was appointed part time associate lecturer at UNSW Art & Design where the culmination of her practice and skills are utilised in the education and teaching studio. Bic is currently also a Phd candidate at the Australian National University where her research is focusing on Contemplative Object within the transnational perspective.