Please upgrade your browser

For the best experience, you should upgrade your browser. Visit our accessibility page to view a list of supported browsers along with links to download the latest version.

Yuan Ren

MA work

Discovering Contemporary Suzhou’s craftsmen, craft practice and its community, after 1949.

My dissertation will focus on the current situation of Chinese craftsmen communities and the transformation of their craft practices in the contemporary Chinese context. The relationships among the Masters and their apprentices will be examined, revealing the hierarchy in their practices and education. National and regional policies will be studied and village social structure will be analysed. The concepts of craftsmen and the ideology of its practice will be discussed. Case studies, such as Su embroidery and Purple-clay pottery craft villages in Suzhou, China will also be evaluated and compared for better illustrations. Through my fieldwork, I have discovered how Suzhou has preserved its craft traditions within a highly concentrated and commercial craft village. Hence, it will give an excellent representation of modern Chinese craftsmen and its communities.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA History of Design, 2017

  • As a design historian and a cultural geographer, I focus on the relationship between Culture of Asia, regional identities and their representations in contemporary art and design.
  • Degrees

  • MA Human Geography, University of St Andrews, 2014
  • Experience

  • Freelance writer, New York Times, T Magazine (China), 2016; Freelance writer, IDEAT Magazine (China), 2016; Freelance writer, The Art Newspaper (China) 2015–2016; Marketing & press internship, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2015; Fine jewellery consultant at King Tai Fook Jewellery Co. LTD, Shenzhen, China 2013