to Jul 7

A View from the Jeweler's Bench: Ancient Treasures, Contemporary Statements

A View from the Jeweler’s Bench: Ancient Treasures, Contemporary Statements explores how contemporary jewelry makers are drawing from antique forms and techniques to create stunning works of art. Curated by Sasha Nixon for the Bard Graduate Center. The Gallery presents the exhibition at a time when art and academic institutions are increasingly focused on contemporary art jewelry, and in a moment when ancient jewelry has become a prevalent source of inspiration for contemporary jewelry artists.

The exhibition will focus on how contemporary artists working with jewelry create the final form of a piece at the jeweler’s bench, the place where jewelry is wrought by hand. To convey this process, the exhibition will include a jeweler’s bench, sketches, and tools. It will also consider how jewelry from the ancient world to the present informs contemporary practice by comparing recent pieces to their precedents. This organizational structure will illuminate the connections between present and past—in terms of form, technique, and materials—so that visitors can better see how artists are re-considering the art of adornment and age-old jewelry forms in exciting new ways.

The exhibition features works by contemporary jewelry artists Ashley Buchanan, Jeanette Caines, Lin Cheung, Giovanni Corvaja, Mary Lee Hu, Gabriella Kiss, Otto Kunzli, emiko oye, Mary Hallam Pearse, Nicole Jacquard, Anya Kivarkis, and Kiff Slemmons.

emiko will be participating in an artists panel discussion, “Artist Perspectives: Contemporary Jewelry and Ancient Techniques” on March 27, 2019.

Read Laura Jacob’s review of the show, “A Glittering Education in the Jeweler’s Craft”, from The Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2019 (see image below).

Bard Graduate Center Gallery
18 West 86th St
New York, NY 10024

Tues, Fri-Sun 11am-5pm
Wed, Thurs 11am-8pm

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3:00 PM15:00

SNAG Trunk Show Sale

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) celebrates its 50th Birthday this year and in conjunction with its annual conference, 70 contemporary artists will gather in Chicago to show and sell their collections of jewelry and metalwork. Join us and bring your friends - this one-of-a-kind event is free and open to the public!

SNAG 2019 Trunk Show Sale
May 25, 2019 3-6pm
Palmer House Hilton, State Ballroom (4th fl)
17 E Monroe St, Chicago IL 60603

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to Jun 3

GLOSSY Exhibition at JCK Las Vegas

Ombré Gallery presents GLOSSY, a juried art jewelry exhibition curated by director Jenna Shaifer and hosted by Plumb Club, to debut at the Plumb Club Experience at JCK Las Vegas 2019.

The exhibition will feature contemporary art jewelry inspired by the images and messages presented in fashion magazines, also known as ‘glossies,” for the paper on which they are printed.  Glossies serve as a vital communication tool for messaging in the fashion industry. They are a conduit between the maker and consumer, not only conveying a designers vision in an upcoming season, but also pitch the forecast in trends for beauty, color, texture, pattern, and form.  Editorials touch on celebrity, art, films, literature, social issues, and current events – capturing the zeitgeist of our times.

 Each season, glossies lay out carefully curated images that generate excitement and move consumers to action, magnifying the medium’s power in the fashion field. As with other traditional media, glossies have also made the move online to digital platforms, expanding their reach globally.  High-end fashion has become increasingly accessible and has moved beyond serving only one segment of society. Magazines democratized the way in which we put a lens on fashion, which is more inclusive and celebrates street style and the inevitable fast fashion.


Amanda Bartlett, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Kate Cusack, Jackson Heights, New York, USA
Heather Guidero, Providence, RI, USA
Gabrielle Gould, St. Augustine, Florida, USA
Mia Hebib, Sunnyside, New York, USA
Everett Hoffman, Richmond, VA, USA
Mia Kwon, Berlin, Germany
Margaux Lange, Beacon, New York
Maia Leppo, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Tara Locklear, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Heidi Lowe, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, USA
Brooke Marks-Swanson, South Bend, Indiana, USA
Jennifer Merchant, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Jillian Moore, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
emiko oye, San Francisco, California, USA
Louise Perrone, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Denisa Piatti, Washington, DC, USA
Rachel Reichert, Saint Augustine, Florida, USA
Lyndsay Rice, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Caitie Seller, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Inbar Shahak, Kibbutz Maagan Michael, Israel
Bridgette Shepherd, Cooparoo, Australia 
Olivia Shih, Piedmont, California
Olga Starostina, Houston, Texas, USA
Rachel Suzanne-Smith, Stow, Ohio, USA

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Artist Perspectives: Contemporary Jewelry and Ancient Technique
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Perspectives: Contemporary Jewelry and Ancient Technique

Artist Perspectives: Contemporary Jewelry and Ancient Technique
March 27, 2019  6:30–8 pm 


Bard Graduate Center Gallery
18 West 86th Street, NY, NY 10024

Adults $8; Seniors/Students $5; Free for BGC Members
Register for tickets via Eventbrite

Artist Perspectives: Contemporary Jewelry and Ancient Technique is a conversation featuring jewelry designer emiko oye; Nicole Jacquard, associate professor and head of the metalsmithing and jewelry design program at Indiana University; Anya Kivarkis, artist, assistant professor and area head of jewelry and metalsmithing at the University of Oregon; and Sasha Nixon, curator of A View from the Jeweler’s Bench: Ancient Treasures, Contemporary Statements. 

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to Mar 2

Offbeat Bijou Exhibition

Offbeat Bijou: Alternative Materials, Processes and Ideas in Jewelry

It’s the 21st century, and if you want to be forward-thinking and wear jewelry that reflects contemporary life, the exhibition “Offbeat Bijou” at Florida CraftArt is for you. Independent curators Kelsey Nagy and Melissa Yungbluth invited artists from across the country who make jewelry using nontraditional methods, materials or concepts.

Artists include emiko oye (Honorable Mention Award winner), Zach Mellman–Carsey, Kim Tatalick, Saul Galavis, among many others.

Docent Tours of the exhibition every Wednesday at 1:15pm

Check out the video below highlighting work in the show.


Florida CraftArt
501 Central Ave
St Petersburg FL 33701

WHEN: January 25 - March 2, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25 5:30-7:30p

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to Jan 19

BLING - Sienna Patti Pop Up Gallery in SF

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Sienna Patti Gallery is back showcasing unique art jewelry with BLING at the Firehouse at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture adjacent to FOG Design + Art Fair. Come see emiko’s work alongside an international array of jewelry talent, set in a vintage department store theme.

The Firehouse at Fort Mason
The Center for Arts & Culture (to the right of the Festival Pavilion)
2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

Wednesday, January 16 5pm – 10pm
Thursday, January 17 11am – 7pm
Friday, January 18 11am – 7pm
Saturday, January 19 11am – 7pm


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to Jan 26

CAST: Art and Objects Exhibition

Craft Forms 2018 Companion Show

This curated invitational exhibition at Wayne Art Center will display a selection of cast art and objects continuing and building on the theme of the award-winning book, CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process, by Jen Townsend and Renée Zettle-Sterling (Schiffer Publishing, 2017.) This first-of-its-kind book reveals how the process of casting — forming a material into a mold — has transformed our world through its history and omnipresence.

In addition to works by contemporary artists and craftspeople, the exhibition will include historical objects, as well as some everyday objects. The purpose of this show (like the book) is to encourage the audience to consider casting’s countless and exciting contributions to the world around us.

emiko’s Portrait neckpiece will be featured in this Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: December 7, 2018 – January 26, 2019

CAST: The Exhibition Preview Party: Friday, December 7, 2018, 6:00 - 10:00 pm

Book Signing: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Meet the Artists and Curators’ Lecture: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Wayne Art Center, Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087

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to Dec 22

You Got The Look Exhibition

This National Juried Exhibition on Contemporary Jewelry Art seeks to highlight wearable statement pieces, and artists that push boundaries of jewelry, beauty and “value.”

In addition to accepting 26 artists from across the US, the show will feature three widely regarded US artist jewelers in You Got the Look including Nancy Worden, Andy Cooperman, and emiko oye (artwork featured in image above).

Exhibition Dates: November 23 - December 22, 2018

Public Opening: Friday, November 23, 6-8pm
Public Gallery Hours: Thurs. - Sat., 11am - 6pm
Pioneer Square Artwalk Public Reception and Awards Presentation: December 6, 6-9pm

Center on Contemporary Art
114 Third Ave S, Seattle WA

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4:00 PM16:00

NYC Jewelry Week - Artist Talk with emiko o

In conjunction with the first-ever NYC Jewelry Week and the "#fail #success” Exhibition, emiko will give an Artist Talk, “Big Mouth Strikes Again and Again: #Fail #Success with emiko o” on her creative process - successes and failures in creating and recreating her Under the Killing Moon Series of Surrealist Lips art jewelry. The role that social media and smart phones play as a sounding board and constructive critique for evolving her designs.

This Artist Talk is sponsored by RISD.

November 13, 2018 @ 4-5:00pm

RISD Reception to follow @6-8pm

NYCJW Headquarters: Artist and Fleas SoHo
569 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

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to Nov 18

NYC Jewelry Week - #fail #success Exhibition

A special exhibition designed for the first-ever NYC Jewelry Week, co-curated by Kendra Pariseault and Manuela Jiminez of Icons at Play.

The presence of social media, Instagram, offers the public a new an unique view into a maker’s studio. Instagram can be used as a tool by jewelers to influence the line of their work. The exhibition #fail #success, curated by Manuela Jimenez & Kendra Pariseault,  showcases this tool and walks the audience through the creative process of the maker. 

Exhibiting Artists: Kendra and Manuela, Arthur Hash, Amelia Toelke, Emily Cobb + Mallory Weston, Kurt Pio, Ho'o Hee, Aurelie Guillaume, emiko oye, Georgina Trevino, Sena Huh, Laila Costa, Franziska Stetter + Thiago Piwowarczyk, Camila Escobar, Silvia Ardila, Maria Tritico, Sam Tyson, WooJungKim, Bryan Parnham, Sarah Holden

VIP Reception November 16th, 2018 5-7pm
Exhibition Dates: November 12-18, 2018

NYCJW Headquarters: Artist and Fleas SoHo
569 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

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Unpacking the Language of Things Jewelry Symposium
to Apr 13

Unpacking the Language of Things Jewelry Symposium


This symposium, featuring Otto Künzli, Susan Cummins and Damian Skinner and many other jewelry artists (including emiko oye!) complements the concurrent exhibition The Language of Things: Meaning and Value in Contemporary Jewellery (24 Feb – 24 June 2018), which looks at the critique of preciousness through a lens of materiality. The contemporary jewelers in this exhibition have made pieces that comment on social, cultural or political matters through the materials that they choose to work with. Their themes include the shifting perception of precious materials such as gold, vanity, gender stereotyping, associations with place and our relationships with accessories, the environment and each other. Using our inherent understanding of jewelry as a symbol of personal expression to explore these ideas, The Language of Things also prompts us to reflect on how we ‘read’ the materials that surround us in daily life and how ideas about value have changed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

emiko will be speaking about her work in this symposium on Friday, April 13th at 11:15am during SNAP SHOTS OF THINGS along with artists Zoe Brand (AU), Yuri
Kawanabe (JP/ AU), and Shelley Norton (NZ)

Unpacking the Language of Things
The Dowse Art Museum
45 Laings Road
Lower Hutt, New Zealand

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to Jun 24

The Language of Things Exhibition at The Dowse

The Language of Things: Meaning and Value in Contemporary Jewellery
Exhibition at The Dowse Museum of Art, New Zealand
Opens 24 February - 24 June, 2018

emiko's The Duchess 2 will be featured in this exhibition

About the exhibition from The Dowse website:

"Precious things aren’t always made from precious materials—and jewellery is no exception.

The intimacy of jewellery worn on the body gives us a unique way of showing who we are and what’s important to us. This exhibition expands on our associations with adornment: drawing out how ideas of value have changed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Language of Things features over 100 artists from Europe, America, Asia, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand whose work reveals how personal meaning develops from the often unusual materials and processes used in the field of contemporary jewellery. Visitors can expect to see beautifully crafted, wearable pieces as well as installation, photography and video, including a necklace made of scissors; a woman covered in brass leaves and a screening of jewellery appearances in films over the last 80 years."

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to Oct 1

Appropriated Adornment Exhibition

Society of North American Goldsmiths Online Exhibition 2018

Juried by Michael Dale Bernard (UW-Milwaukee) and Emily Stoehrer (MFA Boston)

Excerpts from the Jurors Statement:

"Personal exploration of historical design and fabrication has become effortless, hyperlinked, and cross-pollinated. An emerging nonchalance, moving away from traditional notions that research must always be rigorous or chronological, has yielded transmigratory design elements. The Appropriated Adornment exhibition features these refugee samples, elements that are being domesticated into the contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing vernacular.

The artists featured in this exhibition are reinforcing the fact that adornment has become malleable on a fundamental level.  In thinking about the potential consumer or observer of these ornaments, the narrative might be different from that of the maker. What might they bring to the piece? Will they understand or see its historical reference? Does it have a very different meaning for them? Does it matter?

Architecture. Art. Memory. Nostalgia. Politics. Technology. Tradition. Talisman. Nearly all of the jewelry selected demonstrates the tension between progress and tradition. But, few are obvious and each demonstrates the way that jewelry can spark a conversation. It became clear to us that while there was a general consensus on what “adornment” meant, the word “appropriation” led you down many exciting paths—some expected, some truly unexpected."

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to Nov 28

Icons at Play Exhibition


Opening Reception October 7th, 2017, 7-9pm
Artist Talk October 8th, 2017, 1pm  Leslie Boyd | Discussion with Co-curators

Icons at Play is a juried jewelry exhibition of work that reinterprets cultural symbols and icons in the commercial jewelry world through the use of material, scale, wearability, and interaction. Curators Manuela Jimenez and Kendra Pariseault selected work that challenges and “plays” with the viewer’s understanding of what cultural symbols have come to represent. 

Artists showing: Jisoo Lee, emiko oye, Ho'o Hee, Leslie Boyd, Edgar Mosa, Emily Cobb, Philipp Spillman, Lauren Kalman, Tessa Kennedy, Natasha Morris, Akiko Kurihara, Alexandra Darby, Virginia Jakim, Sharon Massey, Mallory Weston

Gallery at Brooklyn Metal Works
640 Dean Street, Floor 2
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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2:00 PM14:00

Jewelry Trunk Show Fundraiser for SNAG

Attention Bay Area art jewelry lovers! Make a day trip to San Francisco, CA, to check out and add to your collection unique art jewelry from 6 well-established jewelry artists, myself included! Shop for a great cause as 50% of the proceeds go to supporting the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). Buy handmade for Mother's Day!

Read more about the show here.

SNAG Jewelry Trunk Show Fundraiser
22 Beaver St
San Francisco CA 94114

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to Feb 28

Celestial: Comets, Cupids, and Other Heavenly Bodies

Invitational Jewelry Exhibition
Artists' Talk Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 4-5pm
Opening Reception Feb 8th 5-7pm


A special exhibition of jewelry by Facèré artists inspired by the stellar outer realms. Prepare yourself for the surreal, the sparkly, and, of course, the out of this world. Come early on February 8th to hear emiko, Nadine Kariya, Kirk Lang, & Cynthia Toops talk about their work.

See the show online here. Hear emiko's artist talk on YouTube.

Other participating artists include: Davide Bigazzi, Jana Brevick, Nancy Mēgan Corwin, Kathleen Faulkner, Peg Fetter, Laurie Hall, Emily Johnson, Janis Kerman, David LaPlantz, Jane Martin, Carla Pennie McBride, Jennifer Merchant, Marcia Meyers, Linda Kindler Priest, Jayne Redman, Jan Smith, Checha Sokolovic, Liaung-Chung Yen,  Sarah Wauzynski, and Wolfgang Vaatz.

Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery
1420 5th Ave
City Center, #101
Seattle WA 98101

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8:30 PM20:30

Featured Jewelry Artist @ Lillstreet Gallery

Lillstreet Gallery in Chicago IL is showcasing emiko as their Featured Jewelry Artist in their gallery and on their online store from Dec 2-8th, 2016. From her ready-to-wear fashion jewelry to Limited Edition pieces, you can purchase just in time for the holidays!

Check out her work in the Lillstreet webstore

Lillstreet Gallery
4401 N Ravenswood
Chicago IL 60640

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6:00 PM18:00

ADORN Contemporary Jewelry Sale

Friday, December 2, 2016 6–10 PM

ADORN is McColl Center for Art + Innovation’s annual juried contemporary jewelry show and sale featuring unique wearable jewelry art from regional, national, and international artists. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Curated and juried by Alumna Artist-in-Residence Eliana Arenas and McColl Center’s Manager of Residencies + Exhibitions Claudia Griffin, this special evening features jewelry artwork from 23 artists, including the works of McColl Center Alumni Artists-in-Residence. All jewelry is for sale, making this one of our community’s preeminent craft and jewelry markets.

Participating artists include: Alejandra Carrillo, Anna Johnson, Amy Wyckoff, Ashley Buchanan, Claudia Griffin, Criselda Lopez, Eliana Arenas, emiko oye, Kate Allen, Katie Poterala, Laura Wood, Maria Eife, Mary Frisbee Johnson, Nancy Raasch, Natalie Abrams, Olivia Shih, Regine Bechtler, Renee Holliday, Ruth Koelewyn, Samantha Skelton, Sharon Dowell, Stacy Rodgers, and Tabitha Ott.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation
721 Tryon St
Charlotte NC 28202

NOTE: emiko will not be at the event in person

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to Nov 9

Exhibition: Signs of Life 2016

  • Facere Jewelry Art Gallery (map)
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emiko will be showing her Lazarus Tribute to the Life of David Bowie series of one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry pieces at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery's 12th Annual Signs of Life, a combined literary journal and contemporary jewelry art exhibition. Nine artists are paired with a writer who then create a short story, poem, or essay inspired by images of the artwork, all of which is combined to create a unique publication.

Download the pdf journal for free.

Meet the artists and writers in person at the Opening Reception - emiko will be there!

Opening Reception
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016
Lectures and readings 4-5pm
Champagne Reception 5-6:30pm

Artists featured: Chris Abrass, Raïssa Bump, Barbara Cohen, Kristin Diener, emiko oye, Joan Hammond, Seth Papac, Linda Threadgill, and Wolfgang Vaatz.

Writers featured: Paul Beckman, Brenna Fitzgerald, Stuart Grover, Darcy McMurtery, David Messerschmidt, Mary A. Nelen, Harry L. Rinker, Lauren Williamson, and Judith Works.


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to Oct 8

Craft2Wear 2016

emiko returns to Washington, D.C. for the annual Craft2Wear Craft Show, a fundraiser sale organized by the Smithsonian Women's Committee. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping from a curated selection of crafts artists from across the country. Proceeds benefit the Smithsonian Museums. 

This is a ticketed entry. Click here for info.

VIP Preview Night
Thursday, October 6, 5:30 - 9pm

Open to the public
Friday, October 7, 10am-8pm
Saturday, October 8, 10am-5pm


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to Feb 5

Exhibition: Beyond Bling - Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection

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An exhibition not to be missed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - a rare treat to have an important art jewelry collection featured at a major art museum. Collectors Lois and Bob Boardman generously gifted their expansive art jewelry collection to the museum, selections from which will be featured in this exhibition. emiko's jewelry is among this collection.  

Catalogue available at LACMA.org $45.

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to Oct 23

Reclaimed: Elevating the Art of Reuse

In honor of its fortieth year, SCRAP is excited to present Reclaimed: Elevating the Art of Reuse, a juried art exhibition that will run from October 1 through October 23 and proudly hosted by the San Francisco Arts Education Project (SFArtsED) gallery, located in the Minnesota Street Project. Gallery hours are 11:00-5:00 Tuesday-Saturday

Reclaimed: Elevating the Art of Reuse
SCRAP 40th Anniversary Exhibition

Minnesota Street Project
Oct 1-23, 2016
1275 Minnesota St
SF CA 94107

October 8, 2016  1:00-4:00
An artist’s reception, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, October 8 from 1pm-4pm at the SFArtsEd gallery.

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to Sep 17

Exhibition: An Exuberance of Color in Studio Jewelry

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emiko will be showing her one-of-a-kind collectible jewelry pieces at Tansey Contemporary Gallery in this gorgeous jewelry exhibition curated by Gail M. Brown. Twenty masterful and well-documented American jewelry artists will be exhibiting work with a focus on color.

"The diverse ideas, forms, imagery and chosen material palettes provide a unique, colorful perspective on brooches and pins, earrings, necklaces, neckpieces and finger rings. The featured works address and redefine value in the artful manipulation of ideas, process and materials with a shared fascination, challenge, response and pleasure in working with color." (excerpt from the press release)

Meet emiko in person at the Opening Reception, Friday August 5, 5-7pm.

Can't make it to New Mexico? An online catalog of the exhibition is available for your viewing pleasure.

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8:00 PM20:00

Lazarus at Exhibition in Motion

Come see emiko's latest ensemble piece, Lazarus, a Tribute to the life of David Bowie, walk the runway at Exhibition in Motion Xchange: Fashioning Intersections

This is the 16th annual EIM, a live fashion show and fundraising event featuring models wearing cutting edge jewelry. In conjunction with Society of North American Goldsmiths conference SNAGnext 2016.

This is a ticketed event with only a limited number of tickets available. Click here for info.

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3:00 PM15:00

Trunk Show at SNAG Asheville

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Get your hands on emiko's Spring Collection and meet the artist as she'll be selling her work at the annual Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) 6th Annual Trunk Show Sale. Over 70 artists from coast-to-coast, from established to emerging will be selling their one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry and small sculpture. In conjunction with the SNAGnext conference, this fundraising event is open to the public. 

This is a FREE event. Cash, check, major credit cards accepted. Treat yourself to something unique!

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12:15 PM12:15

emiko speaks at SNAGnext

emiko will be presenting at SNAGnext 2016 in Asheville, NC with two other successful jewelry entrepreneurs, Donna D'Aquino and Elizabeth Brim on the topic of Finding Your Voice/Developing Product lines. Her talk, "Are We Having Fun Yet: Using Your Authentic Voice to Ignite Your Business" will touch on making genuine connections with your customers. Like with any budding relationship, you attract what you exude.  Are you trying too hard, standing in the way of your own success, overwhelmed by it all? Get insights on how being super pumped about what you do will catapult your business to the next level.

This talk is only open to SNAGnext conference attendees. Click here for more info. 

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