San Francisco-based jewelry designer and metalsmith Eko Wright’s artistic journey began when she took a metal art class to learn simple soldering techniques. Intrigued by the way a torch and tools can transform a sheet of metal into wearable art, she continued to study with renowned artisans in San Francisco.
Eko has now created her own lines of rustic yet elegant contemporary pieces that integrate traditional subdued Japanese aesthetics with Western forms. Her work has been featured at the Museum of Craft and Design’s museum store, Palo Alto Art Center, ACCI and other select galleries.
Nature Inspired Designs – Earth and Sky
Botanical & Galaxy Collections
I feel a deep attraction to sterling silver. Its raw form offers the challenge of endless possibilities, while the finished work suggests inevitability. A contradicting medium, sterling silver is cool to the eye yet warm to the body and is suited to both formal and everyday occasions. I form all my jewelry from sterling silver sheets and wire wielding a hammer, torch, and a suite of tools I have reclaimed for my craft.
My minimalistic designs are influenced by the Japanese concept of simplicity as inspired by nature. I value both tradition and cutting-edge fashion alike, and I believe sterling silver is the perfect medium for translating these aesthetics into jewelry.
For my Botanical Collection, I employ fold-forming techniques and hammered work to create distinct three-dimensional organic forms. Presented as a group, these pieces suggest the rustic elegance of a hidden garden. Viewed individually, each piece is a contemporary interpretation of a natural shape.
For my Galaxy Collection, my pendant necklaces and earrings are often accented by customizable hand set gemstones. Together these forms suggest the unknown mystery and infinity of the cosmos. This collection was inspired by the prominent twinkling stars above Northern Japan, and in traditional Tanabata custom, I hope the wearer’s wishes come true.
Regardless of the inspiration, either by earth or sky, my jewelry honors nature, the material, and the individual. I seek to create serenity and tranquility in every piece I forge.