Artist: Yuka Jourdain

A hand with a large ring made of bright feather or leaf shapes.

Lapwing 1920

MFA Design, Jewellery & Metalwork
Sheffield Hallam University

Yuka is a Japanese jewellery designer.

Yuka’s practice combines traditional jewellery techniques and experimentation with new materials. She creates her jewellery pieces using metalwork, enamelling and felt. Yuka’s starting point is always the natural world around her, which she continually seeks to re-discover by exploring different processes with materials, questioning her own habits and her view of her surroundings. She also designs around the theme of biodiversity and the loss of birds on the UK Red List, which keeps track of how different species are doing and highlights those in need of urgent action. Yuka enjoys the process of working collaboratively with others and continues to develop participatory projects.

A large chain necklace with mixed media sections.
A metal case and knitted case, both containing seeds.
The artist stands in front a wall with hanging bird and house shapes.
A close up of a pendant made of ovals.

(Top row, left to right)
Seeds for Emergency
(Bottom row, left to right)
Pray for Reconnection II
Mosaic Habitat

In:Site 2022

Yuka is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event took place in spring 2022.
Find out more about the other artists.

Yuka Jourdain’s project, Favourite Bird at Birmingham Cathedral Square, was inspired by the story of the measures taken to protect the Cathedral’s stained glass windows from starlings, unintentionally making way for the long-standing resident pigeons. Yuka sees the Square as a magnet, drawing towards it the people and birds of the city centre, and invited the public to make their own bird using needle felting and other techniques, celebrating the Square’s feathered inhabitants.

A large colourful square felt scene with many felt birds
A small square felt and embroidery scene of a church and garden with 4 birds

Where Next?

Artist: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

A close-up section of a larger piece, made up of overlaid abstract shapes in red, blue, and yellow. This is a mixed media piece, comprised of print, embroidery, stitchwork and painting.

Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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