About the Artist
Yumi's love for jewelry started at a young age, first collecting rings from dentist visits, to treasuring gifts from family, and ever since learning to drive & catching the travel bug, searching for unique jewelry at antique & thrift stores on her travels near and far.
Her journey in learning to work with precious metals began in July 2015 with Kelly Allanson, workshops with Robyn Cornelius, and mentorship from Ron Vauthrin, as well as mentorship in lapidary arts with Geoff Cameron at the Port Moody Rock & Gem Club since September 2015.
Making jewelry is a wonderful creative outlet to tune into the self, but Yumi also enjoys demonstrating how she creates her pieces. Highlights include demonstrating at the BC Gem Show in Abbotsford (2017-2019), & Granville Island on Canada Day with the Craft Council of BC (2018).
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 the cute community of Steveston, and currently reside in Vancouver.
Inspiration comes from scenic day-long hikes, beach-combing, and wildlife encounters. I am drawn to incorporating elements of nature such as botanicals & wildlife in my pieces, and love the feeling of serenity, peace, 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). I also love the natural textures of mountains, moss, and leaves.
Each piece is thoughtfully planned & carefully crafted in a humble studio in Vancouver, BC.
Statement of Technique
The philosophy behind the jewelry I enjoy making is that each piece is made by my two hands starting from sheet and wire.
From creating bezel or prong-set homes for natural stones, hand-piercing images using a jeweller's saw, forming each delicate petal on a flower, curving each feather to create movement, to making jump rings & bails that connect pieces together.
Favourite materials include Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, 14k Gold filled, and Red Brass. Soon to be working with 14k gold.
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