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Chino is currently working on her new projects. You are welcome to make an appointment on the Contact page to visit her studio and see her work as well as for commissions.

Upcoming Exhibitions 

2025 Mar      Morristown Art Exhibition, New Jersey, USA

2024 Jul        Group Show, Greater London

2024 Mar      Wentworth Woodhouse Trust Exhibition, South Yorkshire

 

Past Exhibitions

2023 Dec      Exhibit Here’s Art Maze Exhibition at Barge house, Oxo Tower Wharf, London

2023 Dec      London Made Me, 14 Carnaby Street, London

2023 Oct       Visual Art Open‘23, Finalist, The Other Art Fair, London

2023 Oct       Group Show: Hideaway, MONAT Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2023 Sep      Colour my Type: Vitreous enamel collaboration, Alex Monroe, London

2023 Sep      International Contemporary Art Fair, Luxembourg

2023 Jul        Green & Stone Gallery, Summer Exhibition Shortlisted, London

2023 May      Group Show: Park Royal Gallery, London

2022 Sep      London Design FestivalPark Royal Design District, London

2022 Sep      Kiji NFTs exhibition: Standard Studios, London

2022 Sep      Group Show: Park Royal Gallery, London

2022 Mar      Group Show: Park Royal Gallery, London

2021 Nov      Conceptual Art Popup: VICKISARGE, London

2021 Sep      London Design FestivalPark Royal Design District

2018 Feb      Craft & Design Council Competition: The Goldsmiths' Company

2016 Dec      ShineThe Goldsmiths' Centre, London

BIOGRAPHY

Chino Ridge, originally from Japan, now resides in London. As a child, Chino was deeply influenced by her grandfather's Japanese-style paintings and traditional Oshie art, as well as her mother's expertise in clay art. These early encounters inspired her to study applied fine arts at Yokohama College of Art in 1992, where she discovered vitreous enamel—a medium that would later become her signature material.

Seeking to expand her knowledge, Chino journeyed to Limoges, France for further research before venturing into the world of fashion accessory design in Tokyo.

In 2002, Chino enrolled at Camberwell College of Arts in London to study silversmithing and metalwork. During her second year, she accepted a full-time position as a costume jewelry designer, eventually becoming a senior designer. Her collaborations with high-end fashion houses and the showcasing of her jewelry by celebrities and magazines put her artistic ambitions on hold. However, this commercial experience allowed Chino to discover her identity as a conceptual artist, leading to a transformation in her artistic philosophy.

In 2016, Chino received a bursary for the Setting Out program at The Goldsmiths' Centre in London, providing her with silversmithing facilities and additional expertise, which enabled her to bring her long-held sculpture ideas to life.

Since then, Chino has devoted her time and energy to creating her artworks, blending unique combinations of materials, themes, and techniques gathered from her diverse experiences.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Chino is a versatile and multifaceted artist who skillfully combines conceptual ideas with material-driven aesthetics. Her deep appreciation for history frequently shapes the core ideas in her artwork, enabling her to interpret the present and envision the future.

Transitioning from commercial design and traditional craft, Chino has had the privilege to participate in diverse projects that have facilitated the realization of her artistic aspirations, liberating her from being typecast both personally and creatively. She is particularly passionate about utilizing traditional techniques of silversmithing and vitreous enameling to produce evocative sculptures and installations, which have become her trademark. Recently, Chino expanded her artistic repertoire by incorporating heirloom vintage silk kimono swatches, further demonstrating her affinity for innovative materials in realizing her creative visions.

Guided by her curiosity in exploring fundamental themes such as culture, history, and value, Chino's work aims to challenge conventional ideas of beauty and utility. Her ultimate goal is to create thought-provoking pieces that engage viewers, igniting conversations about the intricate relationships between art, craft, culture, and our understanding of worth.

Awards

2023      Finalist - Visual Art Open‘23

2018      Finalist - Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

2018      Silver Award - The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards

2005      Article: The British Society of Enamellers

Residencies

2017 - 2021         Gold Membership, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London

2016                     Setting out program bursary, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London

2011                     Artist in Residence, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Work History

2016 - 2018           Freelance Costume Jewellery Consultant & Designer, Isetan, Tokyo

                              Designing collections for a new costume jewellery brand.

                              Walter Van Beirendonck FW 2017, VICKISARGE

2013 - 2015           Senior Designer & Workshop Manager, VICKISARGE, London

                              Consulting and product development for the brand's new direction

                              Notable commissions: Erdem, Amazon, Walter Van Beirendonck

2003 - 2013           Senior Designer & Workshop Manager, Erickson Beamon, London

                              Best-selling, lead designer for yearly S/S and A/W collections:

                              Walter Van Beirendonck FW 2013/14

                              Jil Sander SS 2012

                              Royal Wedding, 2011

                              Saturday@Phillips: Phillips, London

                              Pollini FW 2008/09 

                              Notable commissions: Samantha Cameron at Royal Wedding, Walter Van Beirendonck, Jill Sander, Phillips de Pury & Co., Pollini by Rifat Ozbek, Jasper Conran Bridal

2001 - 2002           Costume Jewellery Designer, Elan Corporation, Tokyo

                              Advised clients on accessory designs & materials

2000 - 2001           Product Developer, Gauri Corporation, Jaipur, India

                              Consulted by Japanese clients on product materials (gemstones, textiles, etc.) and liaised with factories                               to assess capabilities

1998 - 2000           Accessory Designer & Product Manager, Noriko Accessory Design Co., Tokyo

                              Design and product development of fashion jewellery and accessories for leading high street fashion                                    brands

Education

2016 - 2017      Setting Out Programme, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London

2016 - 2020      Silversmithing Tuition, Ray Walton, Faversham, Kent

2015 - 2015      Introduction to Handbag Design, London College of Fashion

2011 - 2012      Artist in Residence, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

2005 - 2006      Associate Student, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London

2004 - 2004      Work Experience, David Clarke & Simone ten Hompel, London

2002 - 2005      BA Silversmithing & Metalwork, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London

1992 - 1995      BA Applied Art, Yokohama University of Art and Design, Japan

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