Inspired by haute couture, art history, and LEGO®, San Francisco designer EMIKO OYE creates colorful, bold jewelry from conceptual art statements to urban ready-to-wear. Utilizing LEGO® and semi-precious materials, her jewelry universally tugs on the nostalgic heartstrings, and artfully interweaves memories into conversation-sparking adornment. In working with recycled media, emiko discovered similarities in both LEGO® and jewelry: hands-on-story-telling capabilities, increased value with vintage, dedicated collectors, generational status as family heirloom.
Her work has been shown in more than 80 exhibitions across the United States and internationally, published in American Craft, Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist, Smithsonian, Readymade, Ornament, Lark Books, On Jewellery, Humor in Craft, and is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Craft. She regularly lectures on her work and professional practices for conferences, art organizations and schools.
Feathers in her cap: Past President of the Metal Arts Guild San Francisco; Founder of Accessorize with Toys outreach workshops; Best Booth Design 2012 Smithsonian Craft Show; Bay Area Flash Mob's Janet Jackson and Rhythm Nation designer 2011; Syracuse University Graduate, BFA Magna Cum Laude.
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When she's not creating in the jewelry studio, you'll most likely find her in the yoga studio, teaching Forrest Yoga, Hatha and Flow styles, using the Breath and Formula for Change to self-nourish and hold space for others to connect to their wiser, more balanced selves. Check out her yoga website at emikooyoga.com
Read more about what inspires EMIKO in ADHESIVE&CO's Sticky Sundays Feature.
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