Article about KOTA OKUDA SS19 Parsons MFA
KOTA OKUDA has a wealth of experience working in the jewelry industry in both New York and Tokyo while collaborating with various fashion designers.
The boundaries between fine art, fashion and applied craft fascinate Okuda and this space is the starting point that informs his design thinking. The
balance of significance, purpose, value, materiality, scale and performance is important and considered throughout his process. He is hyper enthusiastic about investigating and understanding the history, context, material and techniques behind contemporary jewelry, art and fashion. His aesthetic contains classical and antique elements whilst having a contemporary twist with a sense of humor that allows his work to be accessible and fit into the wider art and design context.
Okuda’s fundamental creative focus is on combining traditional handcraft processes with hi-tech digital technologies, such as 3D modeling and printing. Okuda’s mission is to expand the imagination and possibility of jewelry design. Communication with the human body is a significant part of his design process and he explores the various possibilities of the relationship between jewelry and fashion. Okuda aims to expand the meaning of jewelry design in the social sphere rather than just within the jewelry communities and industries.
Originally from Niigata Prefecture, JAPAN, he received his undergraduate degree in Jewelry Design with first class honors from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Further achievements include winning the grant-prix prize at the International Talent Support in Jewelry Category (Trieste, Italy) and receiving the scholarship from Swarovski Foundation (London, UK). He just graduated on the MFA Fashion Design and Society course at The Parsons New School, New York in 2018. He is selected fellowship of Tomodachi-Uniqlo Fellowship Program (Uniqlo and US-Japan Embassy).