Essence of Kyoto – online event

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Although we are currently closed during the time of the national lockdown measures, we are proud to introduce to you Essence of Kyoto, an online event celebrating arts and crafts from the former capital of Japan!  The collection is available online in our e-shop and will be also available in our physical store once it is safe for us to reopen. ESSENCE OF KYOTO Tradition for the 21st Century Kyoto. The eternal city.  Brimming with world-renowned artisanship and rich history. As the beating heart of Japanese culture, traditional Kyoto crafts have continued to flourish for centuries.  Since serving the Imperial Household and aristocracy, this craftsmanship has been preserved and skilfully … Read More

[NOVEMBER EDITION POSTPONED]: Autumn bijoux – Japanese finest –

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Jewellery pop-up 【September – November 2020】 Having braved the massive and ongoing challenges, we need a little something to treat ourselves this autumn. While the offer out there ranges from cutting edge spiritual cleanses to goofy household trinkets, here at the Sway Gallery we have brought together a resplendent collection of hand-crafted jewellery from Japan. Bijoux are a girl’s best friend after all! Please note that most of the pieces hand-picked on this occasion are available only at the Sway Gallery if you want to have them outside of Japan.   The independent jewellers’ pop-up will grace our gallery from September to November! Every month we will be introducing you to … Read More

PAST EVENT: JAPANESE CHRISTMAS MARKET 2020

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【3rd – 23rd December 2020】 Our festive market is back!  Join us in-store throughout December as we reopen with a curated collection of select Japanese goods for all your holiday shopping needs.  Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, browse a variety of handcrafted ceramics, homeware and art by Japanese artists, alongside tea, sake, little stocking fillers and more.  For that extra special gift, we’re thrilled to present artisanal handmade jewellery by seven of Japan’s most exciting designers; all exclusive to Sway Gallery London. ARAWA The concept for ARAWA’s jewellery is inspired by the kanji 顕, from the creator’s name.  It has many meanings – noble, outstanding or distinguished, … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Tayu Tau – pop up show by SAKI&Bitches

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【19TH -31ST October 2020】 Caring about health of our customers and staff, we will be adhering to the social distancing measure guidelines. Following the very well-received exhibition ‘Hana Machi’ at Sway Gallery in 2018, SAKI&Bitches is back, this time with the Tayu Tau pop-up show (‘Tayu Tau’ たゆたふ translates to ‘float’ in old Japanese).  Tayu Tau will feature new original paintings, as well as various art prints, greeting cards and stickers by SAKI. The new original artworks,  in the form of delicate wood paintings, are all inspired by SAKI’s lifetime art theme –  Yoshiwara’s “Oiran” – Edo / Tokyo’s Courtesan. Oiran’s lives, despite often being short and tragic, have gone … Read More

PAST EVENT: Autumn bijoux – Japanese finest –

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jewellery pop-up edit.2; 1-31 October Participating artisans: A:, Ainsel, Little Branch, tukusi A: A: is a jewellery brand founded by two creators born and raised in an old part of Tokyo associated with craftsmanship. It was established in 2010 in Akihabara, Tokyo, after its founders completed the apprenticeship in metal carving under an accomplished jewellery artisan.Their concept “Humour for design” narrates stories from everyday life with motives such as food, cutlery and tools adorning their jewellery.The brand name “A:” originates from the exclamation “Ah!” that we use when impressed or surprised (the colon following the letter is here to indicate that the preceding vowel is long). The artisans, therefore, create … Read More

PAST EVENT: Autumn bijoux – Japanese finest –

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jewellery pop-upedit.1; 1-30 September Participating artisans: atelier mozu, GINNEZU, Greenford and YouRuMaru atelier mozu Atelier mozu was founded in a small studio in Tokyo in 2010. Wild flowers and grasses are the main motifs inspiring the work of this jewellery maker. The aim of atelier mozu’s creations is to reenact the vitality of the plant world which we encounter unexpectedly in our everyday life. The artisan would be delighted if, once you have worn his jewellery, you could feel a little closer to the world of plants. WEBSITEINSTAGRAM GINNEZU Tomoaki Yamazaki was born in 1970, at Hachioji city, Tokyo. He had worked at an atelier as a craftsman for more … Read More

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