Yoko IzawaBorn: 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
Yoko featured in our textile jewellery exhibition, Feeling Fabric, November 2019.
Orange and Grey Brooch & Red Brooch View details
Orange and Grey Brooch & Red Brooch2018silk, oxidised precious white metal, stainless steelH:8-10cm W:4-6cm D:3cm£360 eachMultiway Brooch/Necklaces View details
Multiway Brooch/Necklaces2018silk, brassL:50cm£265 each (left sold)Pieces can be worn as a brooch or as a necklaceMultiway Red and Purple Brooch/Necklaces View details
Multiway Red and Purple Brooch/Necklaces2018silk, brassL:50cm£265 eachPieces can be worn as a brooch or as a necklaceMultiway Necklace/Bracelets with Disc View details
Multiway Necklace/Bracelets with Disc2018silk, oxidised precious white metalL:53cm£195 each (lower left sold)Pieces can be worn as a bracelet or as a necklaceBrown Necklace View details
Brown Necklace2018silkL:50cm£240Grey Necklace View details
Grey Necklace2018silkL:38cm£240Grey Lilac and Cream Taupe Necklaces View details
Grey Lilac and Cream Taupe Necklaces2018silk, oxidised precious white metalL:35cm£315 eachLength adjustableCream to Orange Ombre Necklace View details
Cream to Orange Ombre Necklace2018silkL:54cm£240Yoko Izawa in her studio View details
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