Story of the Art: Silver Accessories Designer, Kengo Uesugi
Unique silver accessories designer Kengo Uesugi made a lecture at an examination for the University Of Arts Cramming School. Kengo Uesugi chooses to focus on Japanese style and culture in his pieces and this has been the motto for most of his works. The materials he usually works with are silver, brass and deer skin. Wisdom, Han’nya, and Tengu plays a key role in most of his works. We asked Kengo about his story and how it all began.
WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN OBORO AS YOUR BRAND NAME？
OBORO uses the process of blowing sand to the surface of glass to give it a frosted or hazy look. The state of putting a veil over a light in the glass, that is OBORO and that is how I came up with the brand name.
WHEN DID YOU START PRODUCING?
At a young age, I have been fascinated by masked heroes like Kamen Raidar(Masked Rider). I wanted to become cool so I started from belts with kamen rider’s mask. I then enrolled myself to Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music majoring in Crafts. I was always fascinated by our ancestors and I love learning and modelling my crafts around our rich culture.
Having learned how to sculpt silver and brass, I want to capture the beauty and uniqueness of our culture and history and share my art to various types of people from around the world.
HOW DO YOU CREATE YOUR PIECES?
When I create a piece, I carefully shape the piece when it is still hot. When the silver gets cold, it gives out a “smudging” appearance. This makes up as the shadow on the grooves of each pieces, thus giving a more detailed look to my works.
IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR PLACE THAT YOU ARE INSPIRED OF？
I was always inspired by our history and culture. So I made it my mission to show the world what Japan is all about through my work. That is what OBORO is about, showcasing the uniqueness of the Japanese culture to the world.
ANY FUTURE PLANS FOR OBORO?
I have heard about Cool Japan several times and I am quite familiar with the members. I can use this to show Japan to the world through my silver accessory pieces. I have also received a participation request from Japan Expo last month. I want to see the reaction of people when it comes to OBORO products. I want also to see my products breakthrough to the Harajuku Fashion. I also want to create pieces not only for men but also for women. I want to see OBORO not only in Japan but also the world.
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