Yukiko Kakimoto

Published: 10.11.2022
Yukiko Kakimoto, photo by Mercês Tomaz Gomes Yukiko Kakimoto, photo by Mercês Tomaz Gomes


Yukiko Kakimoto is a contemporary artist. Her artistic approach is very intuitive; developed in childhood when she would integrate a wide variety of techniques to make her own work. Currently, she dedicates herself to art jewelry creation, mainly focusing on the merging of beautiful, unique Japanese culture with wearable art.


I use the technique of Kintsugi. "Kintsugi" is unique to the Japanese culture; it’s a method of repairing cracked or broken pottery. The Kintsugi method takes a lot of time and effort so people in this modern age may not see the benefit, however this is also an art form that breathes new life into broken pottery that holds history. 

The process of Kintsugi can remind us of how we try to mend ourselves in our lives from physical or emotional wounds, just like a scar. The process of healing from physical or emotional distress is often done slowly over time, one step at a time - just like the process of repeatedly applying Urushi. The more time and effort we put into these processes, the stronger it or we become. But a scar is much more, it marks a memory, a history, a decision, love, strength, pain, sorrow, but overall, some form of healing. Kintsugi shares similarities with how we heal with pride, strength, love and beauty. 

By using gifts from Mother Earth, it’s a collaborative work of natural materials and I assist its evolution and metamorphosis into its final form. My artworks can be displayed or worn. When displayed, it can have a silent and still beauty, and when worn, it comes to life with movement. The use of my work is entirely up to the owner and how they connect with it. If the artwork is ever broken or damaged, I’m offering to give it another life with the Kintsugi method for as long as I live. After its full use, the piece can return to earth just as we humans do.

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Exhibition  25 Nov 2022 - 16 Feb 2023  Devotional Jewellery.
Exhibition  06 Oct 2022 - 29 Oct 2022  Gioielli in Fermento 20|21 10th Edition in Bologna.
Bologna, Italy
Exhibition  24 Sep 2022 - 31 Oct 2022  Collectiva Meeting 2022.
Porto, Portugal
Exhibition  23 Sep 2022 - 23 Oct 2022  Enjoia't Awards 2022 Sales.
Exhibition  01 Apr 2022 - 15 May 2022  Gioielli in Fermento 20|21 10th Edition.
Fundraising  01 Mar 2022 - 31 Mar 2022  Precious Solidarity with Ukraine.
Exhibition  13 Nov 2021 - 31 Dec 2021  Jewellery and Nature.
 Porto, Portugal.
Exhibition  06 Nov 2021 - 31 Dec 2021  Tincal lab Challenge 2021. Jewelry and Nature.
Exhibition  23 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021  The XIIIth Florence Biennale 2021.
Exhibition  25 Sep 2021 - 31 Oct 2021  Collectiva Meeting 2021.
Porto, Portugal.
Exhibition  05 Sep 2021 - 10 Sep 2021  Jewellery At Home.
Exhibition  06 Aug 2021 - 08 Aug 2021  Gioielli in Fermento 20|21 #10anni a Zian.
Piacentino, Italy
Award  01 May 2021 - 01 May 2021  Selected to the Gioielli in Fermento 20|21 Part.2.
Award  17 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020  Selected to the Gioielli in Fermento 20|21 Part.1.
Exhibition  07 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019  Selected Artists, Collectives and Galleries at SIERAAD 2019.
Exhibition  21 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019  Collectiva Meeting '19 International Exhibition.
Porto, Portugal.
Exhibition  27 Jun 2014 - 28 Jun 2014  Thank you! 20th Anniversary Solo Exhibition.
Gallery Miyagawa, Kyoto, Japan.
Exhibition  12 Oct 2010 - 17 Oct 2010  un seul message.
id Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.

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Magazine:  Preziosa Magazine. Maria Rosaria PetitoNapoli,  2020
Online profile:  Artislands. 2020