Mariko Sumioka

Harmony with nature, in awe of the ancient landscape

Rooted in her Japanese culture Mariko Sumioka describes the feeling of awe she has for natural and man-made objects which have been a part of the landscape since ancient times. Mariko is fascinated by traditional Japanese architecture which is respectful to natural surroundings. By studying the principle of Zen the designer maker sees these unique architectural characteristics: natural materials and colours, dark and bright contrasts, linear forms, geometric shapes and spaces connecting us to the natural world.

Drawing is an essential part of creation for Mariko, especially collage. By layering elements she finds many different ways of assembling which leads into her jewellery. This technique also helps the designer to break down her original thoughts into different ideas to develop.

Enamelling in a gentle colour palette enables Mariko to explore ways to echo natural materials and textures which can be found in Japanese architecture. Mariko encourages interaction with her pieces, so people find ways of wearing them in harmony with their own body.