Since her MA studies at the Royal College of Art, London, Yoko Izawa has been exploring concepts ambiguity and formal material constraints. Her jewellery uses a range of non-precious materials establish a series of tensions between inside and outside, between strength and delicacy and between certainty and ambiguity.
For Izawa, the veiled jewellery series, serves to 'express my interpretation of Japanese cultural values and spirituality. Although certainty is often required in modern society, I am interested in exploring the concept of ambiguous expression by containg, veiling or wrapping'.
Izawa was one of six finalists of 'Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2007 - Jewellery', the most prestigous prize in the applied art field in the United Kingdom.