MODERN LIFE Q&A - Akiko Kurihara

MODERN LIFE; Akiko Kurihara

We asked the designers in our MODERN LIFE exhibition what the concept means to them...

Here we meet Japanese artist Akiko Kurihara, currently living and making her work in Milan. Her work brings together great skill with a playful sense of fun and curiosity to make precious pieces you can interact with to spark a thought from the viewer and wearer.

We love how she celebrates Modern Life in the objects she references, from our daily habits to our personal values. And some of the pieces are just true magic!

  Chain Smoker's Chain , Necklace, Silver, 24ct gold plated by Akiko Kurihara

Chain Smoker's Chain, Necklace, Silver, 24ct gold plated by Akiko Kurihara

  Oh, say!  (brooch) , 1991, gold by Otto Kunzli, one of the most renowned and respected jewellers working today. 

Oh, say! (brooch) , 1991, gold by Otto Kunzli, one of the most renowned and respected jewellers working today. 

Where did you learn the most?

In Akademie der Bildenden Künste München with Prof.Otto Künzli (Munich, Germany).

  Bomb,  Earrings. electro plated silver, 18ct gold. The iconic shape could remind us of watching classic cartoons on a Saturday morning...

Bomb, Earrings. electro plated silver, 18ct gold. The iconic shape could remind us of watching classic cartoons on a Saturday morning...

 

What are your New Year’s Revolutions?

Same as always.

 

What music do you listen to whilst working?

At random.

 

 

How does your environment inspire you?

 

I spend most of time in my studio (= my home). I love staying at my studio and reading book quietly. I’m often inspired by books, news, and little things in my daily life. 

I believe that tips and themes for expression can be hidden in every small thing.

 

 

 

  Boobs,  Freshwater pearls, glass and 18ct gold chain. Akiko Kurihara. The female form was often celebrated in ancient precious objects, Akiko gices us a perfect pair as a modern piece of jewellery.

Boobs, Freshwater pearls, glass and 18ct gold chain. Akiko Kurihara. The female form was often celebrated in ancient precious objects, Akiko gices us a perfect pair as a modern piece of jewellery.

 

How do the materials that you choose tell your story?

I often use metals, simply because I’ve learned how to use them.

 

Are there any other materials that you would like to use?

I believe that there is no hierarchy among any materials. Every material has it’s own advantage.

 

 

  Beer,  Necklace, by Akiko Kurihara. 18ct gold, silver chain to represent the liquid and foam of a classic pint. Cheers!

Beer, Necklace, by Akiko Kurihara. 18ct gold, silver chain to represent the liquid and foam of a classic pint. Cheers!

I am not particularly interested in particular materials now, but if I find some interesting materials in the future, I would like to try them. While one may rely on the novelty of a new material, I would rather use familiar materials that has been used by everyone. I am interested in challenging to add another perspective to such a material like “Were you able to do such a thing as well!"

 Take Care of Yourself, Pins & earrings Silver electroplated, Akiko Kurihara.  Wish for a loved one's good health, and take care of yourself! Modern medicine can be taken for granted in our daily routine, but where we would we be without it?

Take Care of Yourself, Pins & earrings Silver electroplated, Akiko Kurihara.

Wish for a loved one's good health, and take care of yourself! Modern medicine can be taken for granted in our daily routine, but where we would we be without it?

 

Who is your biggest influence and inspiration?

Every little things in my daily life.

 

 

What is the best thing about Modern Life?

Ease to get information.

What is the worst thing about Modern Life?

Ease to get information.

 

 

  Earrings Wearing Earrings,  Silver, 18ct Gold. Akiko Kurihara.   Sometimes earrings want to wear earrings too...

Earrings Wearing Earrings, Silver, 18ct Gold. Akiko Kurihara. 

Sometimes earrings want to wear earrings too...

Modern Life is……?

The reality surrounding ourselves from where we cannot escape. I believe that humour is necessary to survive such a reality.

 

 

MODERN LIFE

"A NEW YEAR'S REVOLUTION "

at GILL WING JEWELLERY

until 28th February