In this episode we have emiko oye! emiko is a Japanese American artist who creates bold and colorful jewelry with repurposed LEGO®. From her emikooreware ready-to-wear line, to one-of-a-kind, conceptual work inspired by haute couture, art history, David Bowie, Nonviolent Communication and Mindfulness.
She began her San Francisco-based jewelry business, emiko-o, in 1997, dealing in retail, wholesale and private commissions. Collaborations with LEGO® System in Denmark have led to their endorsement of her as an “Influencer” for young female makers. emiko has a BFA University Scholar from Syracuse University and her work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions worldwide and has been featured in a multitude of publications. She served as President and on the Board of Directors for the Metal Arts Guild San Francisco, and has lectured on the business of craft and her own work for notable institutions and organizations featured around the world.
In order to maintain balance to her artistic lifestyle, she has cultivated her wellness business, emikooyoga. She fell in love with yoga at the same time she started her jewelry business and it transformed her life entirely. She dove into teacher trainings in Hatha, Forrest and Restorative Yoga, began teaching in 2012, and is E-RYT-200 Yoga Alliance Certified. Her yoga offerings are a blend of Restorative and gentle yoga asana, mindfulness meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques) and body awareness. With the intention of creating a safe container for spaciousness, ease and presence.
In the wellness arena, she is also certified in Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga (Level 2), Forrest Yoga (300+hrs), Monnier Method Hatha Yoga (200 hrs), and the MELT Method. She's also added Facial Gua Sha to her self-care arsenal! Yup, you read that right. She really does it all!
She compares these self care and wellness routines to flossing or brushing your teeth, you wouldn't NOT do them. Sometimes the challenge is just doing the consistent work to create lasting habits.
Tune in and learn more about emiko's profound journey and her brilliant notes about resilience!
Photo by Matthew Cantu