Category Archives: Jewelry

Rie Taniguchi

If you love nature as much as we do you will probably appreciate these life forms created by UK-based metalsmith, Rie Taniguchi. Her pieces incorporate sterling silver, gold, semiprecious stones. She describes her work in an artist statement on Mobilia-Gallery:

“I make objects to look at or to wear, mainly in the shapes of various life forms, focusing on endangered species. I draw my inspiration freely from everything I see, read and hear. My main interests and concerns, aside from the arts, are in environment and wildlife. News, documentaries, folk tales and myths all come into consideration. I try to express the essence of life with satire and playfulness, portraying animals within their environments or in a situation when possible. The aim is to make it life-like rather than realistic. I am discovering that true animal forms are more fantastic than the fantastical and more challenging to make. Images from my childhood still influence me through the experience of making numerous drawings as I plan each piece. I draw from photographs, films and real life, before drawing from memory and designing.”

Images: Courtesy of Rie Taniguchi.

Amy Lawrence

AmyLawrenceAmy Lawrence is a textile designer specializing in knitted artisan jewelry. The UK-based artist uses an Italian knitting machine to create these high-end geometric pieces inspired by her interest in science, nature and traditional cultures.

Website, Facebook, Behance, Instagram, Etsy.

Images: Courtesy of Amy Lawrence.

Mariko Kusumoto

MarikoKusumotoMariko Kusumoto is a metal and fiber artist born in Japan and currently based in Massachusetts. She majored in painting and printmaking but always had a penchant for metal sculpting. Wanting to create with a totally opposite material she chose fabric and created this series of wearable pieces. She molds translucent synthetic fabric into nature-inspired shapes and assembles them into these delicate jewelry. She writes this about her work:

“My work reflects various, observable phenomena that stimulate my mind and senses; they can be natural or man-made.  I ‘reorganize’ them into a new presentation that can be described as surreal, amusing, graceful, or unexpected.  A playful, happy atmosphere pervades my work.  I always like to leave some space for the viewer’s imagination; I hope the viewer experiences discovery, surprise, and wonder through my work.”

The artist can be followed on her website and on Facebook.

Images: Courtesy of Mariko Kusumoto.