Since 2009 from a home studio in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Japanese artist Yumi Ando has hand crafted intricately painted lustre necklaces and earrings, curious bunny brooches, miniature plant hangers, faceted geometric forms and more. Inspired by the natural world, industrial forms and drawing on her Japanese heritage, each piece is a unique cultural fusion and tells a personal story.
Shaped from porcelain, earthernware and raku, all her works are decorated and assembled by hand. Her pastel and traditional Japanese colours; indigo blue, matcha green and sakura pink were first created in 2010. She has been making lustre decorated jewellery and homewares since 2011 and her lustre work and colours are now part of and O design’s signature style which has recently become a trend in and of itself.
As of June 2017, she has made a new home to Canberra, Australia's bush capital. Yumi enjoys regular walks in the bush, luckily minutes from her home studio with Kangaroos hopping around and beautiful sunset every day.