“I like making jewellery because it is an art form that we can closely relate to physically and psychologically. Once the pieces are worn, their essence passes on to the wearer and becomes part of their identity and feelings.” Says Kayo Saito, whose work is closely linked to nature and the environment. She is inspired by plants and trees, their seasonal changes, rustling sounds and swaying movements. The abundant colours and textures found in natural forms are translated into Saito’s own creative language.
During her Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts degree at London Guildhall (1997-1999), Saito began to work with paper as her principle medium, pushing the limits of light and fragile-looking jewellery. Her craft developed further during her Masters at the RCA (1999-2001), where she looked to find ways of making delicate paper jewellery durable and wearable.
In 2007, Saito was chosen to join the Rising Stars exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall, which provided an excellent opportunity to expand into working with metals. Drawing on her inspirations and love of the natural world, Saito created a series of gold and silver brooches, necklaces and earrings. This new direction has led to Saito’s work featuring in private and institutional collections, including the modern collection at the Worshipful Goldsmiths’ Company, and Alice and Louis Koch ring collection at the Swiss National Museum.
Saito has received several awards, including the Development Award from Crafts Council and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Award in 2016. She is currently learning stone carving techniques to incorporate stones into her jewellery design.