"Sayumi Yokouchi continues her quest for the ethereal and elegant in jewelry forms at her new exhibition at Jewelers'Werk Galerie. The pieces, mostly brooches and pendants, are light, delicate and innovative and seem to use air as a medium as well as copper wire, silver and gold. They reach out and enclose space and define the body as well as the space nearby. / Ellen Reiben JEWELERS' WERK GELERIE June 2017
making without much adding
Thinking about simplicity in both materials and techniques resulted in this journey. Using various types of wires and playing with the natural tendency of wire itself - forming, bending, stretching and connecting them as flexible line making tools for my three-dimensional drawings. I'm fascinated by such continuous lines when they transform into new forms and functions.
The name, "Making Without Much Adding" came from thinking of less and light. It’s not necessarily beneficial to add waterfall of information just because I can. This is not about less, but sometime less is more meaningful. Simplicity becomes a strategic tool for process of making to comfort my own intrinsic complexities.
A form of thoughts 2016
wire: coiled, stretched, bent, formed, assembled
necklace 2013 gold wire (twisted, formed, assembled) 10 cm in diameter
material sketch 2014 various object samples less is more material + process
My approach to making starts with continuous journey to a landscape of blur. Tremendous ambiguity and thrill of handling the material makes me nervous and confused without having a clear direction. There is no beginning or ending in this process, but through a long but exciting roller coaster ride of material exploration, hidden spaces between my self and materials are slowly revealed and new forms are revived in organic wearables.
I prefer to isolate the material I’m working with to seek a balance through unexpected manner. Working in a "less" condition allows me to see more. Simplicity becomes a strategic tool for process of making to comfort my own intrinsic complexities.
Thermoplastic, silver, stainless steel (for pin)
8.5 x 6 x 1.5 cm
LANDSACPE: ABSENCE IS PRESENT
NOVEMBER 7th - 30th, 2015
at BK METAL WORKS 640 DEAN ST. BROOKLYN, NY 11238
Thermo plastic, fresh water pearl, nickel (pin)
9.5 x 3 x 3 cm
Thermo plastic, silver, Tahitian Keshi pearls, white gold (pin)
Silver 925, oxidized (some are set with small white diamonds)
URBAN TOPOGRAPHIA 3
urban topographia 3
2007 - 2010
Urban life.... , I see it as a kind of landscape resembling an enormous field of flowers where the natural and unnatural grow and live together. New buildings appear in the place of old ones and people continually come and go, much like new flowers coming into bloom season after season. New life becomes old quickly in the urban environment - echoed everywhere from computer systems, to houses, money, fashion trends and even personal relationships; all of which perpetuate the continuous and vast urban cycle.
Simply, study of wire, to get to know more of unknown in the jewelry making.
Impressive and unexpected as always, such surprising feeling of spontaneity and freedom form the materials. I don't know if this is right, but the experience and immediacy of the act of drawing seems to be finding it's way into my handling of materials, like freehand sculptural drawing created from coiled wire.
Dimension: 3.5 x 3 x 2 cm (left), 3 x 3 x 2 cm (right)
color coated wire, silver925,
Dimension: 30 x 30 x 3 cm
URBAN TOPOGRAPHIA 2
I have moved from places to places, from East (Japan), West (California), and East again (New York). In classical literature the meaning of topography refers to writing about a place or places. Urban topographia 2 is a reference to my own mapping.
color coated wire, silver925, paint, thread, white gold (brooch pin) 5 x 6 x 1.5 cm (left) 5 x 6 x 1 cm (center) 5 x 6 x 1 cm (right)
color coated wire, gold900, silver925, thread, palladium (brooch pin)
6.5 x 6.5 x 2 cm (left) 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.8 cm (center) 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 (right)
color coated wire, silver925, nickel silver, palladium (brooch pin)