Fine Lines ’12, Jewelry by Yoshiko Yamamoto / Keiko Gallery, Boston, USA

Fine Lines 12 exhibition, Jewelry by Yoshiko Yamamoto at Keiko Gallery, Boston, USA

Fine Lines ’12, Jewelry by Yoshiko Yamamoto / Keiko Gallery, Boston, USA
March 3 – April 4, 2012

Opening Reception: March 3, 3:00pm — 6:00pm

Since no theme was suggested by the gallery for this exhibition, I fully embraced the freedom to choose my own materials and subject matter.

As I have quite a few collections of copper, monofilament and silver wire, I decided to use the `domestic crafts` of knitting and crocheting to approach the work. The copper wire was already colored and the nylon monofilament was hand-dyed. The 34 gauge colored copper wire has a silky quality that I could treat as soft, fine thread. When tightly crocheted, the material became stiff and I was able to transform its character into a wearable piece. Just like copper wire, monofilament is a marvelous material for knitting and crocheting. The difference is that nylon needs a more taming approach because of its unyielding nature.

I also decided to make jewelry using wire. One reason is that I wanted to create the jewelry / object based on lines. I used very thin fine silver wire coiled up, then flattered and fused into various shapes that became stronger as I worked. The end product was quite an exciting discovery. The gold wire jewelry required a degree of precision. These works are based on the traditional processes and craftsmanship yet the end product is much different than conventional gold work.

The four self-portraits are important to me as it expressed my physical dysfunction at that time. Annoyingly, a pinch wouldn’t allow me to go to my studio, so I was looking at myself with both frustration and hope. These figures are spontaneously depictions of my feelings.

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Interview with Mariko Husain - Japanese jewelry artist, Keiko Gallery

Interview with Mariko Husain - Japanese jewelry artist represented by Keiko Gallery, October 2011

The special feature in partnership with Keiko Gallery includes interviews with 10 Japanese artists represented by Keiko, and many images with their works.

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Ceramics Now Magazine : Your works are exquisite and embrace all the qualities of elegance and rhythm. Can you explain the constructing process? Do you work alone, do you have a studio? It sure needs a lot of delicacy.

Mariko Husain Japanese jewelryMariko Husain: I was very fortunate to have learned Jewelry design at Central School of Art and design in London, England where their focus was on teaching to follow the theme of one’s interest, explore all possibility and develop design fully.
The process of my work is very much involved on developing ideas, drawings, playing with paper models and metal samples. Using paper and fabric pressing to create texture on metal and mat finish are my preference.
All my work are created from sheet & wire of metal and hand made with no castings. The equipment I use includes various hand-tools, milling machine, flux soldering machine, etc.  to produce my work. I have a studio where I work alone to create my designs and make my jewellery.

Mariko Husain Japanese Jewelry - Ceramics Now

Earrings, 2011, Sterling silver, pearl, 1 1/3 (L) - View her works

The continuous forms and elements of nature seem to be your inspiration, but have you ever tried to do something more rigid, or geometrical?

In the early stage of my career I tried to work on geometric designs, however I found my self drawn to the themes of nature especially the rhythm, movement, texture, power, stillness and so many variations of form and pattern of water.

What can you tell us about the theme of your works and the materials you use?

The theme of my work has been mainly water, including ocean, river, stream, water fall and lake. I work mostly with sterling silver accented with 18K. yellow gold. I like the visual effect of the combination. I occasionally work with 18K white gold. Many of my work include pearls, precious & semi precious stones.

Mariko Husain Jewelry - Ceramics Now Magazine

Necklace, 2011, Sterling silver, 18” (L) - View her works

Ceramics Now Magazine : The market for your jewelries consists in elegant women. Where do you sell your pieces? Do you think that exhibiting them helps you work to be more recognizable?

Mariko Husain: Unless I am working on a commissioned pieces I do not think of my market. My ideas come to me naturally. If I were to focus only on certain demographics, I feel that it would stifle my creativity. I sell my work at Keiko Gallery in Boston MA. and I do yearly exhibitions in Tokyo, Japan. Due to these exposures I have gained many customers who look forward to my work and continue to return often to see my new creations.

What’s the most important advice you can give to a young artist?

If you follow your passion and pursue your dream every thing will come true.

Mariko Husain contemporary jewelry design

Broach, 2011, Sterling silver, 18K gold, pearl, 2 3/4” x 1/2” x 3/8” - View her works

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Chris Wight: Organic Modular Construction, Slip-cast hand-carved and glaze-bonded bone china. Materials: Bone china, silver, concrete. Dimensions: w21 x d8 x h20 cm

Chris Wight: Organic Modular Construction, Slip-cast hand-carved and glaze-bonded bone china. Materials: Bone china, silver, concrete. Dimensions: w21 x d8 x h20 cm