Photography by Harumi Obama
We chat with jewelry designer Shinji Nakaba about his beautiful “fairy skulls,” which are intricately carved from tiny pearls, and the inspiration behind his innovative work.
The Kanagawa-born artist always aspired to create something unique, and in his early twenties he tried everything from dressmaking to hairstyling to try and fulfill this desire. But when Shinji Nakaba was introduced to jewelry making in 1974, he finally found his medium.
The self-taught designer and self-proclaimed rebel has since created a manifold collection of jewelry made from a range of materials such as aluminum, gold and even plastic bottles. His main focus is on revolutionizing glyptic art, the ancient tradition of engraving. And, as with the pearl skulls, his pieces often reflect a kind of modern vanitas, portraying the dark beauty that lies in decay.....Read more
今年のミュンヘンジュエリーウイーク中"FRAME"会場内 ATTA Gallery
2017 3月8日〜3月14日 ●SHUMUK 2017
During this year's Munich Jewelery Week ATTA Gallery（”FRAME”
Stand B1.778） will be displayed My latest work（9 pieces） ,please
see it if there is an opportunity.（You can purchase them ! ）
Munich Jewellery Week - Schmuck - 2017 / 08 MAR 2017 -
14 MAR 2017
S.NAKABA 企画展『bud room』がハウス＠ミキリハッシンで始まりました。
OJIICHAN ring /OBAACHAN ring /AKACHAN ring
“History fuels the creative imagination. The dazzling jewels in
this exhibition were made by designers who found inspiration
from the past—reviving and reinterpreting antique styles for a
new age,” said Emily Stoehrer, Rita J. Kaplan and Susan
B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry. “Today, as technology continues
to advance and life’s pace continues to accelerate the
traditions of the past, from ancient Egypt to the Renaissance,
continue to provoke and inspire.” .... Read more....
select passages from press release of MFA Boston
Traditionally carved from shells or hard stones, cameos have
been prized since their development in ancient Greece and Rome,
when they were worn as symbols of wealth. A mass-produced
cameo by Josiah Wedgwood seen in the “Slave-in-Chains” Medallion
(1786–87) became a highly visible indicator of one’s support for
the abolitionist movement in the 18th century. Designed for the
British Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade and worn as
women’s jewelry or set into men’s accessories, the cameo shows
a manacled slave on bended knee below the words “Am I Not a
Man and a Brother?” Other examples of revivalist cameos include
a Cameo Bracelet (about 1840) by William Morris Hunt, featuring
portraits of the Boston painter and his three brothers, and the
Peace Brooch (2011) by Japanese jeweler Shinji Nakaba, a recent
acquisition made from helmet shell, gold and stainless steel that
shows a crying or sleeping face and decorative carving inspired
by ancient Greek art.
●２年以上前から準備が行われていた『 Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry 』
私の作品"Peace Brooch "が出品されるので機会がありましたら見て下さいね。
"Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry" exhibition which had been preparing
for more than two years will finally start !
My carved sea shell "Peace Brooch" will be exhibited, please see it
if there is an opportunity.