Serena Kojimoto started making jewelry at Pasadena City College under Artist and teacher Christina Smith. In 1990 she moved from Los Angeles to New York City to study Metalsmithing and 20th Century Design while graduating from Parsons School of Design.
She set up a full time jewelry studio first in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen for several years before settling in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
After moving back to Los Angeles, she owned and operated, for 10 years, a Los Angeles store and studio called “workshop sk”. Within the store, there was a studio inside concentrating on retail customers, as well as representing Art and craft handmade in the USA.
She currently makes jewelry from her studio in the neighborhood of Mt. Washington, Los Angeles for a handful of wholesale clients, commission work, as well as traveling around the country exhibiting at Art Festivals and Fine Craft Fairs.
I feel the work appeals to people of all ages through the functionality of design, and a sense of fun. These are pieces that are thoroughly wearable and they are the things you feel good in.
The Jewelry is inspired by functional forms (ranging from everyday objects to industrial elements) travel experiences, nature, people and architecture, These shapes are softened, round and sensual with a combination of polished and textured surfaces, which flow together to create a sense of movement. A combination of wax carving and hand fabricating is employed to form the various collections. Hammering marks, forging techniques and multiple soldering styles are also used.
Although the pieces have a modern feel, they are, at their core, timeless. The unique blend of masculine and feminine tones transcends the gender specific. Crafting in sterling silver and gold, accented by black neoprene, gemstones, pearls and found objects creates a visual and tactile elegance, suitable for casual or formal settings.
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