Yayoi Forest Bio
Born near a small forest in Japan, designer Yayoi Inada expresses her stories and experiences through her jewelry. Yayoi was raised in Kyoto and Osaka in Japan. As a child she was drawn to the calm and complete feeling she had whenever she spent time observing and appreciating nature’s beauty.
After working in advertising, Yayoi decided to move to New York to study jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Yayoi Forest Jewelry was launched in 2003.
“I like to put the feelings of my childhood in the forest into my jewelry, the smell of rain, the warm touch of tree bark on your skin or sitting on a beautiful old tree stump just thinking up my own fairy tales”. All of these memories can be reflected throughout her collections which have a sense of nature and whimsy, many pieces worn as lucky charms or symbols of happiness.
Working from her jewelry studio in Brooklyn, New York, Yayoi individually crafts all of her designs by hand using 14K gold or sterling silver. She specializes in hand etching techniques and detailed wax carving to accentuate her appreciation for organic shapes and natural beauty.