Ayaka Nishi is inspired by the beauty found in nature. A native of the mostly rural Japanese island of Kyushu, she designs striking pieces that reflect the shapes and forms of the flora and fauna of her childhood home.
I just love her leather fish scale pieces, which come in varying shades of red, green and black.
The neck piece below has added drama with large prongs of what what look like fish bones.
Nishi also carries out the fish scales motif in these deceptively simple but elegant earrings.
Nishi is also interested in anatomic design and bones, inspired by looking at the images found in the medical library of her surgeon father.
These are intriguing pieces, below, aren't they? The red coral is set off against the golden honeycomb for an unusual juxtaposition.
I also like the variety of colored metals and textures that Nishi uses in this Melange Triangle Necklace below.
Here's a nice photo of Nishi, wearing one of her honeycomb and lava bead creations.
Nishi has a fascinating background. While a student studying Art History and Esthetics in Tokyo, Nishi also studied at the Japanese Jewelry Craft Institute. After graduation, she moved to New York where she studied jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She decided to stay in New York and pursue a career in jewelry design.