Mari Ishikawa’s main inspiration in her jewellery-making process stems from her home culture. The ‘relationship’ (En in Japanese) is a recurring theme in her work. The relationship between form and material, between personal thought and the surrounding world, between emotion and the finished piece.
‘My interest has been for sometime in containing, covering, or wrapping. Veiled jewellery reflects my assumption that although certainty is often required in modern society, ambiguous expression has been the most distinctive characteristic found in Japanese values and religious beliefs.’
Ai Kawauchi makes handmade silk accessories created by using a unique technique to produce organic pieces of jewellery. It is made from traditional silk from the town of Kiryu, Japan and natural red and black beans that are used to give the shape, form and colour to these botanical inspired feminine pieces.
Mizuho Koizumi’s work combine man-made materials with plant life. Her design philosophy is to create pieces that fuse these elements so that they ‘appear to be growing together in harmony to recreate the silent beauty that plants possess’. New work expands on her development of an intricate process of weaving with silver to create sculptural yet functional open-weave basket forms, each incorporating a flower vase.
Mayumi’s philosophy is to design ‘everyday’ jewellery that is easy to wear. Her preferred materials are silver, leather or stainless steel wire.
Rie Taniguchi ideas of her work come from various sources, including animals, insects, architecture and industrial design. What interests her is expressive forms, whether it is in nature, art or design, and basic mechanisms and kinetic work. She often uses rivets to hold stones or beads, and pegs for articulated pieces. Some of her pieces are boxes as well as jewellery, or toys as well as jewellery.
‘I see my jewelry as an empty field, wherein I plant my own kind of flowers and create my own form of urban nature within the field. My flowers are blooming one by one, always metaphorically contrasting the synthetic (urban) and precious (country). My material choices are my responses to the world I inhabit, and ornamentation is a result of my purest desire.’
Naoko Yoshizawa‘s use of materials and influences, the folded Japanese paper combined with European precious metals, are testament to the influences of her mother country and adoptive home. In her home country of Japan, paper is prized for its lightness and versatility, and this inspired Naoko to use it as a jewellery material and bring paper to a new audience.
The work of the 8 Japanese jewellers will be complemented by Mari-Ruth Oda’s wallpieces
Mari-Ruth Oda’s work is influenced by the traditional Japanese concept of worshiping nature. ‘My work is a unique blend of Japanese and British design. It consists of minimalistic and sculptural hand built ceramic pieces that are unglazed and sanded.’
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