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Akiko Ban

Akiko Ban's inspiration comes from memories of her childhood and dreams of the future. A contrast between the past and what is yet to come. Often both elements come together and are expressed as one.

Born: 1972 Aichi, Japan

Education: 1998-2002 Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence
1995-1996 Interior Design School WACOA, Tokyo
1990-1994 Toyoeiwa Women's Univ. Tokyo
Bachelor's degree, Political Science
1973-1984 Stay Abroad in Lebanon, Kuwait, Egypt

2008 Organized the exhibition “Rings for Planet Earth” in Tokyo,Osaka,Japan
2005 Organized the exhibition "Rings for Men" in Tokyo, Japan
2004 Open a laboratory in Tokyo, Japan
2002-2003 Work at an own laboratory in Florence, Italy
1996-1998 Work for "Wall Covering Association of Japan" as an interior decoratorv

Aug.2008 Rings for Planet Earth Hankyu Umeda, Osaka, Japanv
Jul .2008 Alchimia Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Hanau, Germany
Jun.2008 International Schmuckkunst Nell’s Bazar, Tübingen,Germany
Feb.2008 Rings for Planet Earth gallery deux poissons, Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
Dec.2007 9x9 Spiral Garden, Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan
8 Contemporary Jewellers” G-wing’s Gallery, Kanazawa, Japan
Sep.2007 "Tokyo Fantasy" (’06)Laforet Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan / a.b.labo
Jun.2007 group show 010 Gallery, Toride, Japan
Mar.2007 "Visible in Moments" Promo-Arte Project Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Dec.2006 "Winter Exhibition 2006" (‘04/’05) Alternatives, Rome, Italy
Nov.2005 "Accessary Exhibition in the Woods"BadenBaden, Tokyo, Japan/a.b.labo
Jul. 2005 "Rings for Men"Gallery West, Tokyo, Japan
Nov.2004 "Schmuck"HSZ gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
"Winterreise"(‘02/’03) Galerie Slavik, Vienna, Austria
Jul. 2004 "Free Art Free" Artalive, Tokyo, Japan
May. 2004 "Spiral Independent Creators Festival" Spiral Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Feb. 2004 "Landscape jewellery" Alternatives, Rome, Italy
Aug. 2003 "Omaggio a Firenze" Promo-arte Project Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
May.2003 "CraftBoston" (’02) Boston, U.S,A
Feb. 2003 "Inhorgenta - Design Podium" Munich, Germany
Dec. 2002 "www.alchimia.it-with Giampaolo Babetto and Manfled Bischoff" Galleria Marcolongo, Padova, Italy
Nov. 2002 "Schmuckstucke"(‘00/’01)Reithalle, Munich, Germany
Oct. 2002 "Grassimessi" Grassimuseum, Leipzig, Germany
Aug, 2002 "International Graduate Exhibition 2002"(’01) Gallery Marzee,
Nijmegen, Netherland Jun. 2002 "O" O gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Apr. 2002 Galeria Sztuki W Legnicy, Poland
Feb.2002 "Ambiente und Tendence" Presented by Andrea Frahm, Frankfurt, Germany
Jan. 2002 "New Year Show" Galerie Tactus, Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct, 2001 "SOFA Chicago 2001" Presented by Galerie Marzee, Chicago,USA
Sep. 2001 "Midora Jewellery Fair" Presented by Galerie Marzee, Leipzig, Germany
Feb. 2001 "Inhorgenta" Presented by London Guildhall Univ. Munich, Germany
"Corrispondence" London Guildhall Univ. Grand Floor Gallery, London, UK
Jul . 2000 "Dialogue" Alchimia Gallery, Florence,

DESIGNING DAYS Hankyu-hyakkaten,Japan,P.24-27,Vol.13,Autumn.2008
Accessories Hankyu-hyakkaten,Japan,Cover Page,Autumn/Winter,2008
500 Bracelets LARK BOOKS, U.S.A,2005
1000 Rings LARK BOOKS,U.S.A, 2004
GZ ART+DESIGN Ruehle-Diebener-Publishing Co, Germany, P.13
ABITARE Editrice abitare segesta, Italy,P.154 No.412/2001
Pen Hankyu comunicationsNo.206/2001
GZ journal Für schmuck und uhren, Germany, Nov.2000
Web site TOKYO ART BEAT- TABlog by Ian Chun 2007