Bamboo and Roof Brooch

Bamboo and Roof Brooch

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About the Artist

Mariko is a contemporary art jewellery artist. She graduated from BA (Hons) Edinburgh College of Art with First class in 2011, and set up her studio in London. She currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

Here is a story how she started her jewellery. It was a long path..... It took more than she thought...

She was born and grew up in Japan. Due to her father's job, Brazil was also one of the cities where she lived and was strongly inspired to be a jeweller. By joining a local kindergarten, she was fascinated by her friends’ jewellery in gold and gemstones. Their small and sparking jewellery drew her eyes, giving her special impressions and excitements. Making or wearing jewellery has become something very personal for her since then. As far as she remembers, she had an idea, more clearly a picture of herself, sitting on the jewellery bench and making jewellery, although none of her family members is involved in crafts fields. 

When it came to choose her degree, she did not choose to study art and design for the first place. Economics was her first degree at a university in Osaka, hoping to work for the international organizations which help and support those countries. She wanted to do jewellery alongside her work in the future.