Keiko Mita was born on Rebun Island off the northernmost tip of Japan. The often stormy and isolated island, which is noted for its rich flora and beautiful scenery, is a powerful influence on her work. Ms. Mita discovered metal craft while studying fine arts at Hokkaido University in Sapporo. Fascinated by the idea of transforming cold hard metal into infinite forms, she studied mixed-media sculpture at The Emily Carr School of Design in Vancouver and later earned an Associate degree with a major in Jewelry Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Ms. Mita initially produced large embossed works, but eventually turned her attention to sculpture, objects of art, and ultimately jewelry. While working with major jewelry manufacturers in the United States and Japan, she learned to appreciate new techniques and styles. Ms. Mita's first collections were produced for the Japanese market by a high-end jewelry company specializing in 18K gold, platinum, diamonds and precious stones. In 2002, she pursued her dream and founded K.Mita Design in New York City.
Ms. Mita has won many international awards and frequently has been invited to participate in Group Shows at galleries and Museums throughout the United States. Her jewelry has appeared on televison and in numerous magazines; and she also has worked with noted fashion designers.
I try to create lasting modern designs through themes based on my love for nature and multi-cultural past. My inspiration comes from the beautiful landscapes and crystal blue seas of Rebun, the tiny northernmost island of Japan where I was born. Working primarily in 18K gold and palladium, I combine metal textures and complex shapes with diamonds, pearls, and other precious and semi-precious stones. My pieces range from geometric to organic, but they are united by clean lines and minimalist forms. I also like to use color and to create contrasts with gemstones, oxidized silver, and various other materials. My major collections focus on movement, color, texture, and space.