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I have been creating jewelry as an art to wear. I encountered Basketry when I was looking for a new technique. Normally for jewelry made of metals, I have to have a design first and then work on the piece, but in Basketry, I found that shape is naturally created from the material and organization of them and a part of the art is to find out serendipitously what shape I was creating. What a refreshing change! I love natural materials, but now I can weave the familiar metals to create something totally unexpected. I have gone through many trial and errors in order to find out what metals and their shapes and sizes work in combination. I needed to express what I had in my mind onto the shapes, rather than just copying the shapes of existing baskets.

Breaking Free

These objects are created using twisted pair of copper wires. On the bottom, plaiting is done with two twisted pairs used side by side, then the main body part plaited with a twisted pair of wires, and lastly on top, the twisting is undone from the twisted pair then plaited. This method results in the form with dense center turning gradually to light texture on the top or outside.
I have tried to express the phenomenon of water droplets splashing the water surface or the light rays emanating from the sun.

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Scarf Necklace

This jewelry is a fusion of art, crafts and fashion since I believe there are no boundaries among them. This is a necklace that you wear around your neck like a scarf. This is created with the basketry technique of plating and ply-split methods. It is quite a charming piece with various expressions through twisted ribbon-like materials.

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Cycle --- Going Around,

This work is made by winding a stainless steel wire around the thin oval shaped core, then after removing the core, winding the thin flat aluminum wire on the stainless wire perpendicular to it. It was interesting to find that the stainless wire started to twist by the width of the aluminum wire and that the depth of its waviness is affected by the winding pitch of the aluminum wire. I am certainly mesmerized by these charming properties and will pursue more beautiful creations to wear.

Cycle

The Charm of Metalic Strands

Hearing "Metal" might give you the image of hard, cold and unwieldly inorganic material. But metals show many different expressions depending on how they are treated. When you wind a stainless steel wire to a rod, it will become spiny form because of the repelling force. Aftre annealing it though, the repelling force is removed and it will look like a soft living being. It looks as if it is multiplying by itself. I am enjoying these various metamorphosis whenever I use metals.

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Bubble Series

The bubbles become beautiful globes by the providence of nature. When you weave the wires of springy nature so as to hold the outward going force together, they form a beautiful globe. Here I have melee-weaved the stainless wires using their own tensions and also used metallic beads for strengthening the pattern as well as for design points.  Usual methods to connect the metals are welding and soldering, but this weaving makes it possible to form shapes with materials that cannot be heated or with metals that lose rigidness by the applied heat. This gives me the feeling of depth and possibilities in the art of Basketry.
The shiny and flirty beauties of the bubbles are captured in this jewelry.

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