When you’re someone who putters away making jewellery in relative isolation, with bits and pieces in varying stages of completion gathering dust around you, makers like Tomoyo Hiraiwa are part of a different realm of skill and possibility.
Graduating from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a degree in Art Education Hiraiwa studied Tankin there, an ancient hammering technique originally developed in Japan somewhere between 300 BC and 300 AD. Divided into 4 techniques, it’s traditionally used to produce various metal finishes on swords, helmets, lanterns, plates and of course Hiraiwa’s stunning jewellery.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine having the patience to anneal and hammer a piece of metal for longer than 2 or 3 minutes, and I certainly don’t possess that crucial connection between brain, hand and tool that results in the fluidity of Hiraiwa’s pieces.
“Living peacefully is proof of the existence and my theme. While feeling the scent of breezes the time……”
“I prefer the beauty of simplicity and the dynamic potential of my chosen material. I hope the softness and strength and my design speak an international language of beauty and Organic / Hybrid”.