Japanese jeweller Mariko Sumioka creates sculptural jewellery evocative of both the East and the West. Her inspiration is deeply rooted in Japanese culture and Zen principles. She is fascinated by traditional Japanese architecture: the natural materials and colours,dark and bright contrasts, linear forms, geometric shapes and spaces. At Edinburgh College of Art, she developed her unique abstract aesthetic by combining precious metals with bamboo,enamel, patina and antique kimono. This collaging approach is an essential part of her creative process, along with a love for beautifully crafted details. The stories told inside these miniature, precious compositions are unfinished – it is up to you, the wearer to invent the rest.
Koichi Io's award-winning metalwork demonstrates traditional hand raising and chasing techniques; resulting in elegant and fluid metal vessels that showcase his incredible talent for metalworking.
Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Koichi Io studied metalwork at Musashino Art University before completing his Masters at Seoul National University, College of Fine Art in 2012.