Zen Garden Necklace by Asuka Saito

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Zen Garden

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Necklace

INSPIRATION:
Japanese gardens inspired me to come up with this project. I depicted the beauty of green plants with Tsumami Zaiku and made Karesansui, meditation gardens where white sand replaces water, with Soutache.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The most unique property is this necklace is arranged by the technique of Japanese traditional Tsumami Zaiku and European Soutache. Another unique part which makes this design different from others is the extra center flowers are attachable to drop down with magnets.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Tsumami Zaiku is a traditional Japanese craft made from small, square-cut pieces of cloth (usually Chirimen) that is pinched and folded with tweezers. It originated about 200 years ago during the Edo period.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in June 2018 and finished in September 2018 in San Francisco, CA, USA.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Using fabric and Soutache cords, natural stones and Swarovski crystal.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width:21cm Height:25cm Top:15cm

TAGS:
necklace, garden, tsumamizaiku, costumejewelry, fashionjewelry,

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Japanese gardens have evolved into a variety of styles, including karesansui, which are meditation gardens where white sand replaces water, and Zen gardens (Japanese rock gardens) that are used for various purposes. Garden design is an important Japanese art form that has been refined for more than a thousand years. The gardens of the emperors and nobles were designed for recreation and aesthetic pleasure, while the gardens of Buddhist temples were designed for contemplation and meditation.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest part of this design activity is using Soutache technique to express Karesansui part. Soutache is a narrow, flat braid in a herringbone pattern usually used as the trimming of drapery or clothing. Soutache bead embroidery utilizes the soutache cord differently by stacking the cord in multiple layers and stitching them. In soutache bead embroidery, the soutache cord can be curved into different patterns, not only creating a stable base for adding beads, but a stunning piece of soutache jewelry.

ADDED DATE:
2018-10-20 08:19:56

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Images by Tomoya Yamashita

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Asuka Saito

PROFILE:
Asuka Saito is an award-winning jewelry designer and an accredited jewelry professional based in San Francisco, California. She has obtained qualifications from the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A). She designs contemporary-ish jewelry, not just a symbol of wealth but also wearable art, inspired by forms and colors found in nature, mostly using unique materials.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Zen Garden Necklace by Asuka Saito is a Nominee in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Zen Garden Necklace by Asuka Saito is Winner in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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