Maker

Iku Nishikawa

Iku Nishikawa was born and grew up in Shikoku, Japan.

She embarked on a career in fashion production, working both in Tokyo and Milano. 

Following her initial role in promoting kintsugi in the UK in 2014, she trained in the craft with Muneaki Shimode of Kyoto, Japan, assisting Muneaki with the delivery of kintsugi workshops at the Ashmolean Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. She has given kintsugi workshops in Japan at Hon-Yara-dou Gallery, in Italy at Officine Saffi in Milano and Atelier Marcello Pucci in Urbino and in the UK at Institute of Making at University College London, tokyobike London. She regularly hosts individual and group workshops from her home in Oxford from where she carries out kintsugi repairs for private clients. She has worked with artists including, Lisa Hammond, Bouke de Vries, Kat Wheeler and Claudia Clare.

Amongst other Japanese aesthetic traditions she sees kintsugi repair as an opportunity to focus on the work at hand; more often than not the required concentration gives rise to laughter and in this context, broken and damaged ceramics return to becoming usable again.