growing up on the island of shikoku in japan, ishiyama gained an appreciation for artisan craftsmanship. she drew upon the tradition and attention to detail she witnessed there, as she embarked upon her own career as an artist - first as a sculptor, then as a self-taught jeweler. based in new york city for nearly 20 years, ishiyama creates pieces that showcase her talent as a sculptor, gracefully crafting wearable works of art."my work has an almost fragile quality, stressing lightness and mobility. by shaping paper thin sheets of silver, i can house space itself. when people hold my work in their hands, they are often surprised by its delicacy and lightness. there is an evanescent, momentary quality that i hope people can truly savor when they wear my pieces".