Meet the Artist
My name is Victoria and I'm the sole designer and maker at bikudesigns. I live in Shimokitazawa, a bohemian part of Tokyo. I'm originally from the UK but I've been living in Japan for over two decades (which is kind of mind-blowing!)
I started making costume jewellery when I was a teenager (using vintage beads and jewellery parts) and as an adult I turned to more 'serious' materials such as gold, silver, semi-precious and precious stones. While studying in New York I learned classical jewellery techniques at The Jewelry Arts Institute as well as commercial jewellery production and diamond setting at Studio Jewelers.
When I moved to Japan my jewellery studies continued in a more apprenticeship-style approach, where accuracy was the key and the curriculum prescriptive. All of these methods gave me a good grounding for my metalwork skills as well as giving me the opportunity to develop an understanding of my own design aesthetic.
Stepping away from jewellery design for a time while my children were babies due to noise and noxious fumes/ dust generated in a precious metals studio, I embarked on Ikebana (Japanese flower art) training. After a period of 5 years or so, I eventually became a Sogetsu teacher-trainer.
Yet, the jewellery bench beckoned and I started to experiment with the vintage kimono fabrics I had collected over the years. My passion for making something beautiful out of forgotten objects is the the crux of Bikudesigns . Bringing clients a little piece of old-time Japan to wear on their return to their country or to gift to friends and family back home is an absolute pleasure.
Podcast interview with Victoria Close. Listen here.