Mari Ishikawa



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Mari Ishikawa was born in Japan in 1964. She obtained a master degree of art at Nara University of Education and subsequently studied jewellery making at the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Japan. In 1994 she went to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Otto Künzli. In 1999 she became Masterstudent, graduating in 2001. The artist has received numerous awards for her work.[/col3]

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Mari Ishikawa’s main inspiration in her jewellery-making process has always stemmed from her home culture. Her works illustrate deep roots in Japanese tradition and rituals. “Relationship” (En in Japanese) has been a recurring theme in her work. Red has also frequently been used, as it has various symbolic meanings in Japanese culture, such as the sunset, sacred places, ceremonies, and a bond between people. The materials used also make strong reference to her home country. She avails herself of a range of materials such as Japanese Kozo paper and Japanese lacquer combined with silver and pearls, in finished pieces that resemble lace, knots and wire structures. [/col3]

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Founder and Director of Beautiful People Live Art || Thereza Pedrosa was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) in 1985, and grew up in Bassano del Grappa (Italy) and in Lausanne (Switzerland). In love with Europe, she operates borderless from her new location near Leipzig (Germany). Graduated in Conservation of Cultural Goods at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, and a jewelry designer herself, she promotes contemporary artists and designers worldwide. Her engagement is manyfold: selecting the most promising trends, promoting contamination between the arts, by editing online and offline publications.