Mariko Samioka – Designer

Mariko Samioka – Designer

I feel awe and respect for natural and man-made objectswhich have been there and lived since ancient times. This idea is deeply rooted in my origin: Japanese culture and environments.The Japanese respect, understand and accept nature as one of their members.

I am fascinated by Japanese traditional architecture,which is an essential part of human lives as a central part of a cultureand a place where people have basic connections with natural surroundings. I am inspired by Japanese unique architectural characteristics: natural materials and colours, dark and bright contrasts, linear forms, geometric shapes and spaces.

Studying the principle of Zen and the essence of the Japanese love of naturehelps me to understand people’s attitude behind their culture.

Drawing is an essential part of my creation, especially collaging. By adding elements onto others, I always find many different ways of assembling these elementsin both drawing and creating jewellery.This technique also helps me to break down my original thoughts into different ideas,and to find new ideas and designs by abstracting elements.

Enamelling with simple colours enables me to explore my images of natural materialsand textures which can be found in Japanese architecture. I have also challenged and investigated contemporary ideas of jewelleryas sculptural objects or body pieces.I do not force people to wear a piece in a certain way,but want people to play with my pieces and find their own ways of wearing them.