K. Mita Design
I was born on Rebun Island, a small fishing village off the northernmost tip of Japan. When I was young my family traveled extensively which gave me the chance to explore the spectacular scenery and beautiful wildflowers of northern Japan. When I was 15 I moved to Sapporo to be with my sister and further my education. While studying fine arts at Hokkaido University of Education, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree, I discovered metal work.Later I earned an Associate Degree with a major in jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
I initially produced large embossed works, but eventually I turned my attention to sculpture, objects of art, and ultimately jewelry. In 1995, my first jewelry collections were produced for the Japanese market by a high-end jewelry company based in Osaka, Japan that specialized in 18k gold, platinum, diamonds and precious stones. In 2002, I moved to New York City and founded K.Mita Design. Throughout my journey Rebun Island – “the floating island of flowers” – has been an important influence on my life and work.
Early in my career I won numerous awards, including the prestigious JJA Jewelry Design Award in Japan and the De Beers Diamonds International Award (Finalist) in the United Kingdom. In the United States I won the MJSA American Vision Award, the Saul Bell Design Award (Finalist) and the De Beers Diamonds Today Award, among others. On numerous occasions I have been invited to participate in group shows at galleries (such as SOFA and Aaron Faber) and museums (such as the Kohler Arts Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art). My work also has appeared in jewelry blogs, magazines and books. At one point I even had my own cable television show.
I try to create lasting modern designs through themes based on the spectacular scenery and beautiful wildflowers on the often stormy and isolated island where I was born. My Japanese heritage and extensive travels are also strong influences. Working primarily in 18K gold and mixed metals, I combine metal textures and complex shapes with diamonds, pearls, and other precious and semi-precious stones. My pieces range from geometric to organic and focus on movement, texture and color.
My Sand Dune collection, which I am offering to the wholesale market, captures the ever changing texture and scenery of deserts and sandy beaches in geometric and organic forms. My new collection, which I call Element, combines smooth surfaces and clean lines to create complex shapes that hide the simplicity of their origin.