Elegant, Nature-inspired, Artisanal - Ayaka Nishi
Inspired by the simple beauty found in the shapes and forms of the natural world, Ayaka Nishi endeavors to create jewelry of unparalleled beauty and exquisite craftsmanship. A unique feature of her works is that they exist simultaneously on two levels: they serve as complements to the wearer’s wardrobe while at the same time they stand alone as singular works of art. Having grown up on the Japanese archipelago, Ms. Nishi’s work is rooted in the rich flora and fauna with which she interacted with in her youth.
How did you get into fashion?
I was not really interested in fashion originally compared to Art and Design, but after making jewelry, I started to think what kind of fashion can be an ideal correlation to my jewelry. Afterward, I got interested in fashion as well.
Describe your aesthetic in three words
Elegant, Nature-inspired, Artisanal
As a jewelry designer, what are your main influences?
Nature, Art, Music, and Travel
What are you currently working on?
Cocoon locket pendant and some engagement ring designs.
You also run a school, how did this start?
My mother is a Floral Designer in Japan and runs a flower shop and flower arrangement school next to her store. She enjoyed the creative side of a designer and the relationship she has with her students as a teacher. I thought it was perfect balance. After seeing her work style, naturally I gravitated to the idea that I also wanted to teach someday.
Even for my own jewelry production, I had been teaching jewelry making skills to my assistants, so even if I was not a teacher, somehow I was teaching jewelry making. This gave me the confidence as a teacher, and I officially started as a school.
What do you want to achieve with the school?
I want to meet many people through teaching, and someday, I want to organize a student show. It would also be fun to have foreign exchange students from other countries, and learn about there lives. Eventually my dream is to open a school and store in another location like Hawaii.
What can we expect from Ayaka Nishi over the next few seasons?
I want to focus on more of a wedding jewelry line, a fine jewelry line and some new items inspired by my trips around the world.