Yoko Izawa

Born: 1966
Place of Birth: Kyoto, Japan

Since her MA studies at the Royal College of Art, London, Yoko Izawa has been exploring concepts of ambiguity and formal material constraints. Now based in Japan, her jewellery uses a range of non-precious materials to establish a series of tensions between inside and outside, strength and delicacy and between certainty and ambiguity. Izawa's veiled jewellery series, serves to express her interpretation of Japanese cultural values and religious spirituality. Izawa was shortlisted for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize in 2007.

'When immersed in creative activities I feel that the sense of beauty and value within my culture surfaces and moulds my work. For my means of expression, I feel more comfortable when the work has a quality of ambiguity or transience. My interest has been for some time in containing, covering, or wrapping things. The search has been for something elusive. The function and material nature of jewellery does not concern me as much as the presence and feeling of an object. 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.' - Yoko Izawa

  • Blossom Necklace
    Yoko Izawa

    Blossom Necklace

    2018
    lycra & nylon,polypropylene
    L:50cm
    £1,200
  • Oval Pearl Necklace & Lea Necklace
    Yoko Izawa

    Oval Pearl Necklace & Lea Necklace

    2018
    lycra & nylon,polypropylene, oxidised white metal
    L:38-50cm
    £315 - £360
  • Dew Drop Necklaces
    Yoko Izawa

    Dew Drop Necklaces

    2018
    lycra & nylon,polypropylene, oxidised white metal
    L:43-61cm
    £240 - £340
  • Petal Bracelets
    Yoko Izawa

    Petal Bracelets

    2018
    lycra & nylon,polypropylene, oxidised white metal
    W:8-9cm D:3cm
    £195 each
  • Petal Brooches
    Yoko Izawa

    Petal Brooches

    2018
    lycra & nylon,polypropylene, oxidised white metal, stainless steel
    H:8.5-9cm W:2-2.5cm
    £240 each
  • Petal Necklaces
    Yoko Izawa

    Petal Necklaces

    2018
    lycra & nylon,polypropylene, oxidised white metal
    L:38cm
    £195 - £315
  • Orange & Grey Brooch & Red Brooch
    Yoko Izawa

    Orange & Grey Brooch & Red Brooch

    2018
    silk, oxidised precious white metal, stainless steel
    H:8-10cm W:4-6cm D:3cm
    £360 each
  • Grey Lilac and Cream Taupe Necklaces
    Yoko Izawa

    Grey Lilac and Cream Taupe Necklaces

    2018
    silk, oxidised precious white metal
    L:35cm
    £315 each
    Length adjustable
  • Cream to Orange Ombre Necklace
    Yoko Izawa

    Cream to Orange Ombre Necklace

    2018
    silk
    L:54cm
    £240
  • Grey Necklace
    Yoko Izawa

    Grey Necklace

    2018
    silk
    L:38cm
    £240
  • Brown Necklace
    Yoko Izawa

    Brown Necklace

    2018
    silk
    L:50cm
    £240
  • Cream & Grey Necklace
    Yoko Izawa

    Cream & Grey Necklace

    2018
    silk
    L:48cm
    £240
  • Multiway Necklace/Bracelets with Disc
    Yoko Izawa

    Multiway Necklace/Bracelets with Disc

    2018
    silk, oxidised precious white metal
    L:53cm
    £195 each
    Pieces can be worn as a bracelet or as a necklace
  • Multiway Red and Purple Brooch/Necklaces
    Yoko Izawa

    Multiway Red and Purple Brooch/Necklaces

    2018
    silk, brass
    L:50cm
    £265 each
    Pieces can be worn as a brooch or as a necklace
  • Multiway Blue, Grey and Green & Cream Brooch/Necklaces
    Yoko Izawa

    Multiway Blue, Grey and Green & Cream Brooch/Necklaces

    2018
    silk, brass
    L:50cm
    £265 each (left sold)
    Pieces can be worn as a brooch or as a necklace