About the Artist


CKJ-Nagumo-Yumi-profile.jpg
 

 

celebrating
natural beauty

My main muse is Mother Earth, particularly the West Coast of BC.

I’m a 2nd generation Canadian, with Chinese-Japanese heritage, born in Vancouver, raised in Steveston, and currently reside in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish land.

Inspiration comes from scenic hikes, beach-combing, and wildlife encounters. I’m drawn to incorporating elements of nature such as botanicals & wildlife in my pieces, and love the feeling of serenity, freedom, and natural magic when immersed in nature.

Travel has been a big part of my life, and also influences what I enjoy creating. Natural materials, like the use of stone and bone, first captured my attention while wandering small street markets near Johannesburg, South Africa (2004), and the spark to learn about lapidary arts was instilled in Bocas del Toro (2015).

My designs are also influenced by the natural wear and darkened tones of antique jewelry, with hints of dainty details. Inspired by jewelry seen during travels to Paris, France (2007) and Pokhara, Nepal (2014).

The natural beauty of BC has a special place in my heart, I love the natural texture of mountains, moss, leaves, sand, and the bark of ancient Western red cedar trees.

While I love exploring BC and the world, I’ve been digging deep within, asking questions about my own heritage and self-researching the art of craft, meaning of symbols, use of metals, and the cultural history of both my Chinese and Japanese roots. I’m excited to intertwine elements of East x West in upcoming collections!

Each piece is thoughtfully planned & carefully crafted in my humble studio in Vancouver, BC.


Statement of Technique

The philosophy behind the jewelry I enjoy making is that each piece is created by my two hands starting from metal sheet and wire.

I love playing with metal, and exploring different techniques to bring ideas to life! I love saw piercing, building pieces, creating movement, and hand fabricating feathers and flowers.

My favourite materials include Sterling Silver, 14k Yellow Gold, Natural Stones, & Organic Fibers.

CKJ+wip.jpg

♡ teachers & mentors

Kelly Allanson
Ron Vauthrin
Verena Strigler


♡ talent + skill = beautiful packaging

Hand Drawn Artwork: Sam @ Sinister Tattoos
Hand Carved Stamps: CassaStamps