JEWELLERY by ALIMANO / KODAMA TOKI

JEWELLERY by ALIMANO / KODAMA TOKI

Ceramics, Jewellery

About the exhibitor : ALIMANO

Alimano is a jewellery brand inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings of Arimano, a mountain town in Mie Prefecture. As designer Yukiko Hanamoto’s hometown, it is also the source of her creations. The town’s scenery is magnificent, strong, at times even harsh, but also quiet and nourishing. Living in the town has taught Hanamoto the beauty of the four seasons, as well as the beauty of those things that don’t change. Hanamoto tries to embed the hidden laws of nature into her urban, geometric designs. 

DEER HORN JEWELLERY (top, photo on right)
For centuries, Shinto shrines in Japan have given shelter to deers, perceiving them as divine messengers. But in recent years, with the deer population booming due to the decline of natural predators and the animals increasingly venturing onto farms in search of food, farmers have begun to see them as pests and have started to cull them. So as not to waste these beautiful animals, chefs have tried to popularise venison, which was traditionally not widely eaten in Japan. And designer Yukiko Hanamoto has also decided to use their antlers, a strong and yet incredibly delicate and elegant material, to make jewellery. She examines each and every piece of antler carefully before cutting and colouring it to complement its natural condition and shape. Although she creates something new and modern, each piece carries an echo of the deers’ ancient sacred nature.

 

About the exhibitor : KODAMA TOKI 

KODAMA TOKI is a ceramic studio run by Kiyomi Kodama. 
Using plaster molds that have been used in mass production, she makes each product by hand at her studio. This results in unique characteristics and expression in each and every one of her creations.


THIS SIDE (top, photo on left)  
This is a series of accessories decorated with gold and gold on one side. You can choose to expose according to your mood. The combination of ceramics with platinum and gold is stunning. 

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NACHT by Alimano: Jewellery made out of slate pebbles used by pilgrims in Mie PrefectureAs charms to protect them on their long journeys, ancient pilgrims would carry slate pebbles, washed smooth by streams. The more they held them in their hands, the darker and blacker the pebble would become — no doubt strengthening their resolve and determination to overcome difficulties and discomfort on their pilgrimage. Taking these beloved stones as her motif, she has designed jewellery with a veneer that becomes a more intensely black as it is held or polished. Hanamoto makes expert use of slate’s special qualities: its vividness and shine, as well as the way it delicately complements one’s skin. She uses stones that are only found in Mie Prefecture.
NACHT by Alimano: Jewellery made out of slate pebbles used by pilgrims in Mie PrefectureAs charms to protect them on their long journeys, ancient pilgrims would carry slate pebbles, washed smooth by streams. The more they held them in their hands, the darker and blacker the pebble would become — no doubt strengthening their resolve and determination to overcome difficulties and discomfort on their pilgrimage. Taking these beloved stones as her motif, she has designed jewellery with a veneer that becomes a more intensely black as it is held or polished. Hanamoto makes expert use of slate’s special qualities: its vividness and shine, as well as the way it delicately complements one’s skin. She uses stones that are only found in Mie Prefecture.
KODAMA TOKI, LEVEL : This series is made by pouring liquid clay into a cylindrical mold. Various plates and cups of different sizes and uses are made by changing the pouring depth. By leaving the natural shape of the surface after pouring, special expressions are created for each individual piece.
KODAMA TOKI, LEVEL : This series is made by pouring liquid clay into a cylindrical mold. Various plates and cups of different sizes and uses are made by changing the pouring depth. By leaving the natural shape of the surface after pouring, special expressions are created for each individual piece.