Started as an artistic research project by a London-based visual artist Akiko Ban in collaboration with a digital media designer Taiyo Nagano, MYSTIC FORMS is an experimental jewellery brand inspired by the 'mystic forms' found all around the world.
Akiko is a practice artist originally from Tokyo known for her lively drawings and sculptures that seek to establish a primitive, naturalistic and spiritual view of the world. In the process of creating this ‘Wearable Art’, she aims to create a special ritualistic and theatrical art object that acts as a prop and converts the wearer into an art piece themselves.
Exploring the relationship between art and body is one of the research areas pursued by Akiko in her art practice. She has previously collaborated with Japanese fashion brand ‘matohu’ and has also worked with choreographers and contemporary dancers.
For this project, she has chosen jewellery as her medium, to demonstrate her belief that art should be more accessible, personal and enjoyable for everyone. MYSTIC FORMS strives for a new approach exploring the boundaries between art and fashion.
Akiko holds a MFA in Sculpture from Slade School of Fine Art and a BA in Drawing from Camberwell College of Arts (UAL) . Her works have been exhibited internationally and her recent projects include the collaboration with Basement Jaxx and the legendary Japanese animation Neon Genesis Evangelion. Her work ‘Sky Goddess’ was selected for RA summer show in 2016.
Taiyo is a graphic and digital media designer originally from Tokyo and he is an integral part of MYSTIC FORMS as a creative director. He is the founder of the east London design studio Tamassy Creative which he set up in 2010. He holds an MA in Digital Arts from Camberwell College of Arts (UAL) and BA in International Studies from Meijigakuin University in Japan.