Inspired by haute couture, history, and salvaged materials, San Francisco designer emiko oye handcrafts unique urban jewelry from repurposed LEGO®, precious metals and gemstones. Utilizing such a globally beloved material, she tugs on the nostalgic heartstrings of female and male alike, young and old, artfully embedding memory into conversation-sparking, contemporary adornment.
Fostering a strong commitment to community, emiko has served on the Board of the Metal Arts Guild (Bay Area arts non-profit), active with the Society of North American Goldsmiths (national craft organization), and facilitates recycled jewelry projects through her Accessorize with Toys workshops.
Her work is shown in exhibitions across the United States and internationally, and is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Press that has featured her work: American Craft Magazine, Metalsmith Magazine, Jewelry Artist, ReadyMade, Smithsonianmag.com, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the San Francisco Chronicle. In print: Humor in Craft, On Jewellery, 21st Century Jewelry, Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects.