For some people, jewelry is a superficial pleasure, and for others, it’s a means to convey status and hierarchy. However, for contemporary jewelry designer Akiko Shinzato, the purpose of her work is twofold: boldness and excitement. We caught up with the designer at her studio in Okinawa to learn more about her practice.
Charwei Tsai’s latest series of works tells the sung stories of people living far from home in precarious living conditions and uncertain legal status. Together with her partner and filmmaker Tsering Tashi Gyalthang, they visited marginalized communities in Nepal, in the UK, and in Taiwan, recording voices of sorrow and longing, but also of hope.
Okinawan artist Chikako Yamashiro draws from contemporary social issues, nature, and some of her homeland's deepest historical scars, in particular, the Second World War, to create work that kindles hope in the hearts of oppressed peoples around the world.