Interview with artists vol.1: AKIKO (previously known as Vanessa Milito Rodriguez)

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You exhibited at Sway Gallery twice in 2019, with “Bijin-ga Vague” in Paris and “Lost in Transition” in London – could you tell us a little bit about how the shows came about? Did you curate each exhibition based on each city? AKIKO: My very first solo exhibition was held at Sway Gallery Paris in March 2019, it opened on International Women’s Day and the theme was, of course, the woman; bijin-ga is a Japanese term for the depiction of beautiful women. I exhibited about 40 different works, which were inspired by traditional ukiyo-e. It was a beautiful experience that taught me a lot and that gave me the opportunity … 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


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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

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