Obayana Ajanaku

"Basically a self-taught metalsmith. My exploration into the world of art through metal fabrication and construction began while researching African culture and working on a recycling project with urban youth in the early 1970's. I work alone, use no assistants and create one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces worn as jewelry (pins, pendants, ear art). Using traditional materials such as 14k, 18k gold, sterling silver, silver and copper mokume gane (wood grained metals) and age-old techniques such as reticulation, mill texturing, hammer forming and solder construction I attempt to create jewelry that is different from anything on the scene.

To do this I am guided stylistically by the various world cultures that I have experienced through travel and native instructors.  Of particular influence were the Dogon metalsmith of Africa (Mali). 

Japanese influence is evident by my fabrication and use of "mokume gane" or wood grained metal.  I fabricate my own chains which is a skill learned during a workshop on Byzantine jewelry making skills. 

My goal as an artist is to combine these techniques and experiences into a unique neo-art form, enabling the individual to view or experience the usual in an unusual way.    

I appreciate your interest in my work.  Thank you.