Hisano has been fascinated with making jewelry since childhood. She loved to draw and paint, but the tangible act of beading and stringing was much more entertaining. The sweet reward of being able to wear the work was enthralling. She was... [more]
Hisano has been fascinated with making jewelry since childhood. She loved to draw and paint, but the tangible act of beading and stringing was much more entertaining. The sweet reward of being able to wear the work was enthralling. She was first introduced to jewelry making in metals in high school. The technicality of bending solid piece of metal and enameling on copper led her to take more classes in college and end up transferring to California State University of Long Beach to pursue the art of Metals and Jewelry. Upon her completion of her bachelors, she knew that there were much more than just learning how to manipulate metal.
Hisano moved to New York where she entered the Masters program in Metals at State University of New York at New Paltz. She expected to devote herself solely in metalsmithing but to her surprise, she stumbled into another medium: wool. What started as an innocent curiosity engulfed the whole 2 years of her masters program. Using her jewelry making skills as her backbone, Hisano investigated felting, molding, starching, and other traditional and non-traditional ways of working with wool. She found that there are qualities of wool that are similar to metal.
I am attracted to the idea of jewelry taking different roles other than simply ornamentation. Ideas such as jewelry suggesting garment, jewelry taking over the body of the wearer, and jewelry breaking out of the traditional role of adornment are some ideas that enthrall me. The shift in scale and the use of nontraditional material in jewelry making allowed me to challenge these ideas. My work is predominantly made out of wool, and I explore forms and ideas of jewelry through texture, color, and overall composition. The softness and curves are inviting aspects of my forms; the sensuous properties of felted jewelry are uncommon and strike new challenges for the wearer and the viewer alike.
Jewelry does not have to come from one source, or convey one idea. It can be collaboration of techniques, ideas, and materials that converge together to make different emotions and meanings. I investigate the sensuous properties of wool and apply seductive aspects of jewelry to create alluring forms. The work’s nature can be both humorous and arresting for the viewer and wearer alike, while adding to the vocabulary of contemporary jewelry and fashion.
I strive to create beautiful wearable pieces that provoke wonderment, attraction, and disturbance.