I initially fell in love with
metals when I was back in Tokyo for three years after obtaining my
degrees in art history and communication from college. I found a job at
publishing company while freelancing as a copywriter for various
clients, rented a small apartment overlooking the Sumida River and
tried hard to live in Japan again after eight years of living in Canada
and the U.S.
As part of my assimilation process, I took classes in
Mandarin and jewelry making at a local culture center.
As soon as I started working with silver, I was enamoured by its
with metals is challenging because it requires so much planning and
patience; but at the same time, you have to embrace accidents and serendipitous discoveries.
The "Hello" rings are part of my
formative work training with metals in New York. I was looking for new ways to wear
jewelry. This was the height of artists like Robert Lee Morris who blended art and jewlery.
Although, I do not make jewerly anymore, I am still thankful for enrolling in that introduction course to
jewelry-making in Tokyo. The teacher was an old retired man,
teaching old-school techniques. The students had to use foot pumps to add oxygen to gas in order
to keep our torches going and we were not allowed to use any machinery.