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YOKO IZAWA

I feel that the sense of beauty and value within my culture influences and shapes my work.
For my means of expression, I feel more comfortable when the work has a quality of ambiguity or transience. My interest has been for sometime in containing, covering, or wrapping things. The search has been for something elusive.
As objects become obscured by being covered, our perception such as social preoccupation or monetary value for the object also becomes uncertain. On the other hand, essential elements that the object naturally possesses; form, texture, colour, weight, and tension become aspects to appreciate. In my work, those fundamental elements of both inside and outside materials visually mix in one’s eyes and create a harmonious form. Also the structure allows my objects to have an ambiguous quality in which one can perceive opposing features simultaneously; inside and outside, rigid and flexible, as well as hidden and visible.
Veiled jewellery reflects my assumption that although certainty is often required in modern society, ambiguous expression has been the most distinctive characteristic found in Japanese values and spirituality.

Born Kyoto Japan , 1966

Education
2001-2003 MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery
Royal College of Art, London
1998-2001 BA(hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing & Jewellery Design
Kent Institute of Art & Design, Rochester
(Apr-Jul/2000 studied in Fachhochshule Trie in Idar-Obarstein, Germany for an
exchange Program)
Awards
2007 Grants for the arts by Arts Council West Midland
Finalist at Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2007: Jewellery
2004 Chelsea crafts Fair “First Time Exhibitors Award”
2003 Itami International Craft Competition – Jewellery “Good Material Award”
Nicole Stöber Memorial Award
Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Craftmanship and Design Award
– Fashion Jewellers Finished Pieces “Commended”
2002 Mappin & Webb Jewellery Design Project “First Prize”
Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Craftmanship and Design Award
– Fashion Jewellers Finished Piece “Commended”
– Fashion Jewellers Mounted Designs “Commended”

Solo Exhibitions
2011 Gallery CAJ, Kyoto, Japan
2007 Gallery CAJ, Kyoto, Japan

Others:

2014
“Contemporary Jewellery exhibition”, Togendo Gallery, Sendai, Japan
“Contemporary Jewellery exhibition”, Art gallery at Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan
“Giedymin Jablonski and Friends: 44 years of creative activity”, Copper and Silver Museum, Legnica, Poland
2013
“Showcase”, Dorothy Wightman, Lancashire
“Contemporary Jewellery exhibition”, Togendo Gallery, Sendai, Japan
“Contemporary Jewellery exhibition”, Nokiha Gallery, Tokushima, Japan
2012
“Martha Pachon Rodriguez & Yoko Izawa”, Ab Ovo Gallery, Todi, Italy
“Wearables’ Eiko Sugano & Yoko Izawa, Galeria Cebra, Dusseldorf
“Made In The Middle”, MAC Birmingham
2011
“Open mind”, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
“Ornament”, Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre
“Alchemists”, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
2010
“Japanese Jewellery exhibition” Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
“Ai Morita and Yoko Izawa”, Gallery Si, Kobe, Japan
“Material versus Form”, Galleria Cristiani, Turin
“Blumenwiese”, Galerie Cebra, Dusseldorf
“Across borders”, Studio Gabi Green, Munich
2009
“Wrapped Up”, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
“Material versus Form”, Galleria Cristiani, Turin
“La Crème”, Lesley Craze Gallery, London
“What’s New”, Galerie Sofie Lachaert Tielrode, Belgium
2008
“Contemporary Japanese Jewelry” Keiko Gallery, Boston
“Jewellery in Transition”, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
“Masters and Protégés – Contemporary British Jewellery”, The Museum of Arts Crafts Itami, Japan
“Schmuck 2008”, Handwerksmesse, Munich
2007
“Three Japanese Artists”, Hipotesi Gallery, Barcelona
“Heroes”, Old Library Gallery, Custard Factory, Birmingham
“Thread of silk”, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
“Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2007: Jewellery, Jerwood Space, London
2006
“10 years on”, The Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, West Yorkshire
“Made in the Middle”, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby
“Tsutsumu (wrap)”, The Museum of Arts Crafts Itami, Japan
“All that glitters is not gold” Galerie Sofie Lachaert, Belgium
“Collect”, represented by Lesley Craze Gallery, V&A museum, London
2005
“Shock of the New”, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
“Contemporary British Jewellery”, Galeria Bielak, Krakow, Poland
“Follow Me”, Kath Libbert Jewellery, Saltaire
“Celebrating 30 Years”, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A
“Showcase”, City Art Gallery & Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
2004
“One year On” Business Design Centre, London
“Legnica Jubilee Exhibition” The Legnica Gallery, Legnica, Poland
“Jewellery Unlimited” The Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol
“New Faces 2004” Crafts Council shop at the V&A, London
2003
“All That Glisters Is Not Gold” Sixchapelrow Contemporary Art, Bath
“Itami International Craft Competition – Jewellery” The Museum of Arts Crafts Itami, Japan
“Recent Graduates” Gelerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Holland
“Show 2003” Royal College of Art, London

Public collections
Crafts Council, London
Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Aberdeen
Royal College of Art, London
The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, London

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