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Satomi Kawai

Statement
My artwork is an expression of my personal femininity. My grandmother was the source of my feminine awareness, and she influenced my aesthetics. She taught me handcrafts, such as sewing and felting, which have now become my personal methodology. Since I came to the United States twelve years ago, I have been on a new journey to discover who I am, as an individual and as a woman. My attitude and perspective about my femininity are derived from Japanese culture, but at the same time, are influenced by American culture. In my new life, I feel a strong connection with nature, which plays an essential role in my process of creating wearable objects. This is why I employ natural materials such as wool, cotton, silk, and wood. I sense that there are lively cell activities within my body.

C.V.
EDUCATION
2006 M.F.A. degree in Jewelry and Metal Arts, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

CONTINUING EDUCATION
2009 Summer workshop nOw sOurce, (by Professor Ruudt Peters), Ravenstein, the Netherlands
2007 Intensive Summer Course at Alchimia (a private school of Contemporary Jewellery), Florence, Italy


HONORS & AWARDS
2010 Dunbar Jewelers Creative Design in Jewelyr Award, Nature by Design: New Directions in Fiber & Jewelry, national juried biennial exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, WA, USA
2007 Juror’s Special Mention in Jewelry, Iowa Crafts 38, statewide-juried exhibition, MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA, USA (ring)
Honorable Mention, Thirty-first Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, regional juried competition, Art Museum-RIFAE, Bergendoff Hall, Augustana College, Rockland, IL, USA (hollowware)
2005 Honorable Mention, “Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2005, Cheongju, South Korea (two rings and hollowware)

GROUP EXHIBITION 2010 Nature by Design: New Directions in Fiber & Jewelry,” national juried biennial exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, WA, USA
GALEX 44, national juried exhibition, Galesburg Art Civic Center, Galesburg, IL, USA
2009 Jewelry in Motion, national juried exhibition by Gail M. Brown, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, USA (special event in a fashion show format, in connection with the Society of North American Goldsmith conference)
2008 2008 Japan Jewellery Art Competition, international juried exhibition, Japan Jewellry Designer Association, Ueno-no-Mori Museum, Tokyo, and Itami City Craft Center, Hyogo, Japan
2007 Craft Forms,13th Annual international juried exhibition of contemporary craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, USA
Topeka Competition 28, national juried exhibition, Alice C Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS, USA
2006 Craft Forms, 12th Annual international juried exhibition of contemporary craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, USA
2006 Japan Jewellery Art Competition, international juried exhibition, Japan Jewellry Designer Association, Ueno-no-Mori Museum, Tokyo, and Itami City Craft Center, Hyogo, Japan
Reinterpreting the Vessel, national juried exhibition, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Thoughts Materialized, national juried students’ exhibition,Society of North America Goldsmith, Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2004 Metals A-Go-Go, national juried students exhibition,Society of North America Goldsmith, Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Craft Forms,10th Annual international juried exhibition of contemporary craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, USA“The University of Iowa and Kyung-Geum Metalsmith Association Exhibition” Kepco Plaza Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

PUBLICATIONS
500 Metal Vessels, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, USA (Juror: Fred Fenster, photograph of a hollowware)
500 Earrings, page 91 and 122, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, USA (Juror: Alan Revere, photographs of two ear ornaments)
500 Necklaces, page 386, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, USA (Juror: Marjorie Schick)
“The Art & Craft of Making Jewelry,” page 139, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, USA (Juror: Joanna Gollberg, photograph of a ring)