Inspired by music, art history, and salvaged materials, emiko creates colorful hand-crafted jewelry from one-of-a-kind art jewelry to on-the-go ready-to-wear. For emiko, making is an attraction to taking what’s familiar and transforming it to encourage a new way of looking. Using her art as a vehicle to recontextualize the past, to better relate it to our current experience. Tapping back into the nostalgic root of childhood, unearthing memory through the tactile to find that shared story. 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. By utilizing an unexpected but universally familiar material such as LEGO® in her jewelry, the onlooker is lured in by his/her own narrative, creating an immediate, personal engagement with the work and likely to share their joyful experience with others.
emiko oye is a San Francisco jewelry artist, owner of emiko-o REWARE, and emikooyoga (as a certified RYT-200 Forrest Yoga instructor). Since receiving her BFA (Syracuse University,1997), her work has been shown in over 80 exhibitions across the United States and internationally, including a solo show at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design (2008). She has received an American Craft Council Award of Excellence for Best Booth Design (2012), and was selected to design the Art Jewelry Forum’s Annual Membership Pin (2015). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA.
Active in the field, she has lectured on the business of craft and her own work for notable institutions such as the Museum of Art and Design, Oakland Museum of California, Society of North American Goldsmiths, and the Exploratorium. She's served as President and Board member of the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco. Publications that have featured her work: 21st Century Jewelry, On Jewellery, Humor in Craft, and Associated Press, Marie Claire, American Craft Magazine, Modern Magazine, Metalsmith, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle. Watch her jewelry in motion in the 2017 music video by L2M and LEGO® Friends, "Living For The Rhythm".
Where to Buy
Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.