kanzashi (簪)


Kanzashi are traditional Japanese hair ornaments. They are usually seen in the form of long hair pints. While researching obon-themed hair pieces, I came across some antique metal kanzashi (such as the one pictured to the left).

After sketching out different ideas to create a modern take on the kanzashi forms, I started hand-cutting metal pieces and fusing them together to create a series of flowers.

This series is a study of shapes and tradition. Exploring how subtle changes can shift aesthetic perception—ume flower to sakura blossoms—and how materials (silver/copper) change the overall expression of each piece.