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Emiko Suo

Statement
Emiko Suo was brought up with the sound of hammers and files of a jewellery workshop, so in a way it was natural for her to take up jewellery making when she grew up, following in her father’s footsteps. Nevertheless, she works between jewellery and metalwork and transposes her findings from one discipline to the other. New developments on a larger scale can be borrowed to her jewellery making and vice versa. The starting point in her works is the material. She likes to use thin wire, thin metal sheets, combined with silver or gold leaf. She often lets her mood interact with the material chosen and the piece takes life from there. The quality of her works is very light and airy. The artist likes the contradiction between the seemingly weak nature of the materials employed, and the final outcome of strength when the build up of the material creates a strong structure. There is a simplicity in Emiko Suo’s jewellery that is inherent of a culture that eliminates complex decoration due to the elaborate clothing formerly used. The artist creates timeless jewellery, with a beauty that is typical of her homeland.