I draw inspiration from nature and living organism.
They are symbols that return in my works : wave, trees or the spiral, the primordial sign of the infinite present in every culture. I am also guided by personal reflections and moments in my life. The meaning of jewel is to show the personality of an individual.
For me it is like a part of the body : it must be one with the wearer. In my creations I try to convey a meaning of positivity. Among my avorite creations there are jewels from the Ovovivi collection, presented with the Ovovivi lamp at FuoriSalone 2010, inspired by the birth of my son. I wanted to create a shape the reminds the embryo : an egg full of life , a spiral that embodies the recirculation of life and infinity.
Emi Kato chose her art. She was born in Tokyo and graduated in Interior Design and Scenography at Musashino Art University. She was working as an Interior Designer for Studio Engineering Fuji Co., then she decided to do some research in Italy (1995). Her curiosity to explore and experiment with new material brought her closer to jewellery’s design and specialised in working with various type of metals. But her passion did not stop there.
After attending the course of metal applications and technologies with Maestro Davide De Paoli, a sculptor and jewellery designer, she studied at the Ambrosiano Goldsmith School in Milan. In 2002, she begun to attend the collaboration with Maestro Davide De Paoli and Fiorenza Roveda, an innovative space in Milan that combines art and design.
Since then, she exhibited her creations in various events as in 2010 for the “Fuori Salone”, participated in the event “Voice in Itinere” with twelve other Japanese Artists-designers at the Fonderia Napoleonica Eugenia in Milan. In 2013 she collaborated with HIGASHIYA Tokyo in Japan, multifaceted space featuring Japanese tea-room and the Art of pastry-making to theme up the ancient flavours in contrast with her jewellery.
Her collective exhibition throughout the years in Milan is to confront and experiment with materials, themes and forms such as organically resources that inspire the creation of jewels rich in charm from poor and valuable stones.
From 2018 she creates a “touring exhibition” in various creative spaces such as the L’Isa in Milan and 16metriquadri in Udine.