Mariko Sumioka is inspired by Japanese unique architectural characteristics:
natural materials and colours, dark and bright contrasts,
linear forms, geometric shapes and spaces.
Since human beings live in architecture, there are some reasons in each element.
I have researched theoretically and visually into those handed down traditions
and tried to bring them into my pieces of jewellery.
My work explores a connection with human bodies
and how the wearer and viewer interact with each other, themselves and the objects.
Also, studying the principle of Zen and the essence of the Japanese love of nature
helps me to understand people’s attitude behind their culture.