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Interview with Asuka Saito

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Asuka Saito (AS) for A’ Design Award and Competition. You can access the full profile of Asuka Saito by clicking here.

Interview with Asuka Saito at Sunday 12th of May 2019

FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
AS: I wanted to express my idea, values, and imagination in design by using colors when I was young. I decided to follow my inspiration to become a jewelry designer when I found there was 'jewelry design' in the design field. While gaining some experience at a jewelry store, I have obtained qualifications from Gemological Institute of America and learned some jewelry making skills at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
AS: In my design studio, I design contemporary-ish jewelry, not just a symbol of wealth but also wearable art, inspired by forms and colors found in nature, mostly by using unique materials, a blessing from nature, and a symbol of beauty through the ages. Japan, where I was born and grew up, has a wide range of art style and media along with a myriad of other types of works of art. It has a long history, ranging from the beginnings of human habitation in Japan, sometime in the 10th millennium BC, to the present. So my design is influenced by the traditional art and techniques, and I make jewelry mixing Japanese traditional techniques for new look, unique and beautiful piece of jewelry.

FS: What is "design" for you?
AS: "Design" is how we communicate what an object does, or its function, through its shape or form. Good design improves quality of life. Good design makes people smile, excited, sad, nervous, enjoy a richness of novelty.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
AS: I like to express the human mind and fictional/ nonfictional worlds through my works.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
AS: The medium that I work with mostly is Swarovski crystal, pearls, natural stones, silver, gold-filled mtg. etc. And I recently use fabric and cord too. I love trying to use something new. I make jewelry mixing Japanese traditional techniques for new look, unique and beautiful piece of jewelry.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
AS: When amazing ideas come up in my mind.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
AS: I feel love, respect, joy, hate, or fear when I design.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
AS: I do consider presentation, innovation, and fun detail when judging a design.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
AS: Good design improves quality of life. It is not just about the aesthetic improvement of our environment – it is as much about the improved quality of life, equality of opportunity and economic growth.

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
AS: I get a lot of inspiration from everywhere when I walk outside seeing nature, the organic shapes and colors of flowers, leaves, and trees, talk to other artists about their creativity, and have a dream while asleep.

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
AS: My jewelry design is contemporary-ish jewelry, not just a symbol of wealth but also wearable art, inspired by forms and colors found in nature. Japan, where I was born and grew up, has a wide range of art style and media along with a myriad of other types of works of art. It has a long history, ranging from the beginnings of human habitation in Japan, sometime in the 10th millennium BC, to the present. So my design is influenced by the traditional art and techniques, and I make jewelry mixing Japanese traditional techniques for new look, unique and beautiful piece of jewelry.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
AS: Japan, where I was born and grew up, has a wide range of art style and media along with a myriad of other types of works of art. It has a long history, ranging from the beginnings of human habitation in Japan, sometime in the 10th millennium BC, to the present. So my design is influenced by the traditional art and techniques, and I make jewelry mixing Japanese traditional techniques for new look, unique and beautiful piece of jewelry.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
AS: Tools I use during making jewelry are pliers, needles, wire cutters, tweezers, glue etc. For sources of inspiration are photographs of flowers and nature, and some fantasy novels.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
AS: My next step is to make traditional technology and techniques correspond and beyond cultures more with current lifestyles.

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
AS: Sometimes by myself, sometimes as a team.

FS: How can people contact you?
AS: Email


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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