Central Saint Martins graduate, Maiko Takeda, has developed a truly breathtaking new concept in the art of jewelry making. Her complex and elaborate ideas have ripened into everything from a counter-balanced, gravity-defying hat to a two-piece engagement ring meant to symbolize the union of two individuals. Her new “Cinematography” collection is just as unique and ground-breaking. On her website, she states that, “The collection questions whether shadows might obtain a quality in themselves and can adorn the body as jewellery.” These statement pieces, with raised surfaces covered in tiny drilled holes, create shadows that hover mysteriously below on the skin. Avant-garde jewelry that, when given the right light, projects incredibly detailed shadow tattoos? Sounds more eye-catching than even the glitteriest of cocktail rings. Takedas’s sculptural designs look just about as surreal and imaginative as they come, but her ideas are actually reflecting the beauty that lies in logic. She echoes the way 16th century Italian Renaissance artists believed logic and the understanding of space and perspective through mathematics created beauty and harmony in their paintings, Maiko Takeda states that “Numbers + logic + space form the common denominator” in her pieces. Truly a stunning and intellectual new addition to the art of jewelry.
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