Jewellery & Metal (MA)
Taizen Wada is a Japanese artist based in Tokyo. He has created a new type of art piece by reinterpreting traditional techniques such as patination and engraving that has been trained for many years. His main work is jewellery, but in recent years he has been creating works that incorporate painting and calligraphy methods into larger-scale metal works.
2017-2020 Royal College of Art, Jewellery and Metal, London UK
1987-1990 Hiko Mizuno College of jewelry, Metal Craft Dept, Tokyo Japan
2019- Studied under the professional Painter, Artist Annalisa Colombara
2018- Studied under the professional Calligrapher, Senhou Tomono
2001-2004 Studied under a stone setting artisan and a traditional craftsman
1995- launched jewellery brand "WADA" Started domestic deployment in Japan
1990-1993 TASAKI Co., Ltd.; Design & Craft Room, Tokyo Japan
2013 42ed Japan Traditional Metal Craft Competition, Tokyo Japan
2012 Japan Jewellery Art Competition 2012, Tokyo Japan
2010 Japan Jewellery Art Competition 2010, Tokyo Japan
2010 39th Japan Traditional Metal Craft Competition, Tokyo Japan
2009 38th Japan Traditional Metal Craft Competition, Tokyo Japan
2007 Exhibited at the BASELWORLD 2007 The Watch and Jewellery Show, Basel Switzerland
2004 Exhibited at the PRET A PORTER PARIS “CASABO”, Paris France
2003 Exhibited at the PRET A PORTER PARIS “CASABO”, Paris France
2002 Exhibited at the PRET A PORTER PARIS “CASABO”, Paris France
2006 WADA HAMANASU EXHIBITION at UNITED ARROWS, Tokyo Japan
1994 WADA JEWELRY EXHIBITION at BEAMS TOKYO, Tokyo Japan
2018 “Red Thread” Jewellery & Metal, at RCA Dyson Gallery, London UK
When I was a child, I felt compelled to collect fragments and debris from the riverbank, things of unknown origin. Things that were close to me and things that drifted from far away met me at the waterside. They become new, a metaphor away from their past. By the riverbank, I was in a space of infinite imagination. The waterfront is a place for me to collect inspiration. Since ancient times in Japan, the people known as “Kawara-mono” lived on riverbanks. They were outsiders, unregistered, existing apart of mainstream society. They were creators, engaging in performing arts, landscaping and dyeing crafts, etc. They did the jobs that ordinary people did not want to do, such as executions. The riverbank is a land that is always changing and disappearing. Every day may flow at an extraordinary time, and new imagination may always be created.
I want to be such a “Kawara-mono” in the world, not a metalsmith in Japan.
At one point, I tried to cut the scarlet copper plate itself to make a space directly from the flat plate.
Medium:copper, silver, paper box
My painting teacher said to me, "The screen is the window of your mind, draw your emotions in it." I drew a round moon as an emotional metaphor. Because the moon is not a perfect sphere, for me, it seemed to represent imperfect emotion.
Anyone can see the moon through a window, but it is difficult to see the window of the moon, the space that opens up in our emotions.
Medium:neckpiece / steel, gold leaf, silver leaf wall stand / mixed media
Size:Square 390x390x10, Round 410x410x10
— Using iron plates collected from the River Thames. I engrave the rhythm of the Thames flow and waves into rusty steel (created by the passage of time), and I made jewellery.
Nowadays we have technology such as laser welding where mistakes can easily be removed. When I first began making jewellery we had little modern technology. At this time I was absorbed in working with the tension of "drawing a line that I could never draw", which was always on a new road. It took many years of experience, I engraved various things. For me, at that time, learning the engraving was a gift. I believe that working with our hands links the body and the mind, and this work can convey something beyond words.
Through this new body of work I engrave my feelings using body movement.
For craftsmen, it is important to make use of computers and to practice new techniques, but it is necessary for craftsmen in the future to be able to interact with direct things and express themselves, drawing from their own life experiences away from technical dominance.
I will now express the flowing infinity of the Thames River in this new found way, my own way.
One stormy day, the Thames water surface of the rapids was silvery and wavy, and the stream at the bottom of the river was jet black and looked powerful. It seemed like an unbreakable boundary and I was scared. The moment the emotion crosses the boundary and enters a new space, friction and stimulus occur, which gives us new inspiration.
This work is a painting, a space that the wearer can enter, and it is a jewellery that can leave its trace as a wall piece.
Medium:body piece / steel, tin wall stand / mixed media
Size:(770x320x0.5) x 2pieces
In this work, I assembled the material only with magnets, and almost no processing methods. Only a technique to control the colour of the rust was applied. At the time of filming, I used magnets and decided the shape of the work in layers to match the aura of the model. Adding iron to humans, like placing flowers in the vase.
photo by Jyukan Tateisi