After living in Edinburgh, UK for 7 years I returned to a small rural town in Hokkaido, Japan to live in my
grandparent’s old house where I would later set up my jewellery studio.
My grandmother used to practise and teach the traditional art of Japanese doll making which uses kimono fabric as its principle material. As well as her doll work, I found lots of other things crafted by her around the house which fascinated me - not only because of their unique aesthetic, but because of the skill involved in their making. I also found that she reused many items and remade many things.
Her work demonstrated to me how beautiful Japanese fabrics are, and how important it is to look at objects in different ways: i.e. there may be some other way to use something again before it goes to waste.
In creating my jewellery, I now like to work with materials which once had their own use, a previous purpose, a previous life. I enjoy looking for, and finding these materials in my surroundings.
Being in nature stimulates me and gives me energy, inspiration, and ideas for my jewellery. Nature has its own aesthetic, and I like the way it shows itself just by being itself: there is no pretence.
With these ideas in mind, my current designs are focussed on combining precious metals with secondhand/off-cuts of traditional Japanese kimono fabric, recycling this once used, forgotten or discarded material into jewellery so that it may become wearable again.
2006-2007 Edinburgh College of Art, Postgraduate Diploma Jewellery & Silversmithing
2003-2006 Edinburgh College of Art, BA(Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing
2002-2003 The Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College, Foundation in Art & Design
2008 The Duntan Prize, New Ashgate Gallery
2006 Andrew Grant Bequest - Major award
2006 The Gemmological Association Design Award for gem set jewellery - Highly recommended
2005 The International scholarship for Edinburgh College of Art
2004 The Gemmological Association Design Award for gem set jewellery - First prize
2003 The International scholarship for Edinburgh College of Art
2009-2010 Teaching a jewellery evening course, Leith Academy, Edinburgh
2007-2009 Artist in residence, Edinburgh College of Art
Dec 2005 A work placement with jeweller & silversmith .Malcom Appleby, Aberfeldy, Scotland
Jun 2005 Selected for work placement in Germany with the company MANU
Apr 2005 A work placement with jeweller Sarah Stafford, London
2002-2003年 The Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College (英国)
2003-2006年 Edinburgh College of Art 応用美術学部ジュエリー科 BA(Hons) (英国)
2006-2007年 Edinburgh College of Art 応用美術学部ジュエリー科 Postgraduate Diploma (英国)
2003年 The International scholarship for Edinburgh College of Art （奨学金）
2004年 The Gemmological Association design award for gem set jewellery, first prize（最優秀賞受賞）
2005年 The International scholarship for Edinburgh College of Art （奨学金）
2006年 Andrew Grant Bequest – Major award, Edinburgh College of Art （アンドリューグラント賞受賞）
2006年 The Gemmological Association design award for gem set jewellery, highly recommended （受賞）
2008年 The Duntan prize, New ashgate gallery （ダンタン賞受賞）
2005年 ジュエリー作家 サラ・スタフォード, 制作アシスタント(ロンドン)
2005年 ジュエリーMANU社 プロダクトジュエリー原型制作, 商品化(ハーメルン、ドイツ)
2005年 ジュエリー作家 マルコム・アップルビー 制作アシスタント(スコットランド)
2007-2009年 アーティストインレジデンス、Edinburgh College of Art (エディンバラ)
2009-2010年 非常勤講師[ジュエリー科] Leith Academy (エディンバラ)