Hi there! My name is Eden, and I am the designer and maker behind Edenki.
Edenki is a made up word – a combination of my name and the first couple of letters of my middle name. I like that it is both a part of me, but not me at the same time. It ended up looking a bit Japanese, so I pronounce it that way in my head (eh-den-key); I don't mind how you pronounce it though!
I'm Australian, but I'm currently based in Japan, making jewellery and learning Japanese.
I love to play and experiment with different materials – I collect specialty acrylics such as coloured mirrors, glitter, iridescent, pearl, and solid pastel acrylics appear a lot. I tend to hoard them as well, just like quilters and dressmakers who have overflowing fabric stashes! It's a compulsion, I can't help it!
I've always been fascinated by skulls and skeletons, and the macabre in general. When I was young the only skull things available were really hardcore/death metal style, with lots of flames and snakes! I prefer to give them a twist and make them look beautiful, cute, or elegant. I'm drawn to things that don't usually go together, and how they could.
And, speaking of contrast: I'm also known for making bird brooches??? 😂😂It all started when I made a Scarlet Macaw for my Mum for Mother's day - I was really stoked with how it came out, and posted a video of it to a Facebook brooch group I'd been stalking, because I loved seeing all the beautiful brooches (and awesome acrylics!) in my feed. Mum loved it, and the response from the wonderful group was so strong that I decided to open up a few orders. I set a max of 50, and they sold out in an hour!
And now... here I am! I am so lucky that I get to make these special and intricate pieces for people who really love them! As a Maker, that's truly the ideal 💗
Thank you for taking the time to find out a bit more about me and my work!