Sakurako Shimizu is a Japanese artist and designer currently living in Brooklyn NY. Her work is often described as conceptual jewelry that incorporates playful visualizations of digital technology: sound waveforms, computer hardware or programming codes. Her work is currently on view at the Museum of Art and Design, NY in the exhibition “Wear it or Not – Recent Jewelry Acquisitions”.
Shimizu’s designs have been exhibited and collected extensively in the US and internationally. Some of these venues include, Talente at Munich International Fair, The Museum of Arts & Crafts ITAMI (Hyogo, Japan), Galerie Marzee (Nijmegen), and Sienna Gallery (Lenox, MA). Her work has been published in “Jewelry Design” (cover, Daab books, Cologne, Germany, 2008), “Data Flow” (Die Gestalten Verlag, Cologne, Berlin, Germany, 2010), “500 necklaces: Contemporary Interpretations of a Timeless Form” (Lark Books, 2006), and featured in the magazines Metalsmith (USA), Blend (Netherlands), D-Magazine (Argentina), PAGE (Germany), LQ magazine (China) and many more.
In addition to her studio practice Shimizu has curated several jewelry exhibitions. In 2006 she was juror and co-curator of “Coming into View”, an international show of emergent jewelry artists, in conjunction with the Chicago SNAG conference. This show then traveled to the Heidi Lowe Gallery, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at University of Oregon. Shimizu also curated and organized “People Don’t Like Ideas, They Just Like Cool Objects”, an exhibition of conceptual jewelry at VertexList Gallery in Brooklyn, NY in 2005.
Shimizu studied design at Tokyo Zokei University and then received her MFA from the SUNY New Paltz Metals program.