Jewelry from Japan

Jewelry from Japan

Graphic by Ted Boyer

By George Dunlap, Writer

Internationally-exhibited jewelry artist Sayumi Yokouchi visited The University of Akron on Wednesday, March 16, to discuss her life and share her ideas. She gave her lecture in Folk Hall to a crowd of more than 50 attendees.

Yokouchi grew up in Japan and currently lives and maintains studios in both Brooklyn and Tokyo. While in Japan, Yokouchi attended a private school from elementary through high school.

Yokouchi said she felt as if she did not stand out in Japan and came to America to find her freedom and individuality.

Her interest in jewelry-making began when she made her first silver ring back in high school. Twenty six years ago, Yokouchi went to Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, California to pursue this passion. Her specialties include necklaces and rings, but she enjoys crafting brooches the most.

Yokouchi is a faculty member in the Department of Art at New York University and has exhibits in Brooklyn Metal Works. Her work has been put on display in museums in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

“Her jewelry defines artistic ability,” said sophomore Alyssa Simon. “I enjoyed listening to her presentation because I like jewelry myself – especially necklaces.”

Yokouchi visits colleges and institutions worldwide to give insight on her abilities as well as her story. For further information or to see her work, Yokouchi is featured on the Brooklyn Metal Works and American Craft Council websites, bkmetalworks.com and craftcouncil.org.