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 the Associated Press, American Craft, Metalsmith, Modern Magazine, Marie Claire, Jewelry Artist, Smithsonian, Ornament, Lark Books, On Jewellery, Humor in Craft, and is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Lois Boardman Collection. 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; 2015 Artist for the Art Jewelry Forum's Community Pin, 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.
When she's not creating in the jewelry studio, you'll most likely find her in yoga land, 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
Catch a glimpse of how emiko sees the world and what inspires her latest designs on Instagram.
Downloadable CV here.