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Sarah McCulloch of Sarah Boo Designs graduated from the Gemological Institute of America in 1986, specializing in Jewelry Manufacturing Arts. She spent six years in Asia studying Japanese traditional metalsmithing techniques at the Kuroki Atelier. There she learned an inlay technique, chidori ishime zogan, under Mitsuo Masuda, a Japanese National Living Treasure. Sarah was privileged to be the only foreigner to learn Masuda-sensei's technique. Sarah also traveled to China twice on research grants from the Durfee Foundation. The first was to observe minority Chinese ethnic groups crafting traditional ceremonial jewelry. The second was to hear firsthand the myths and legends that native Tibetans have passed down about the mysterious dZi Beads, objects of unknown origin found in Tibet.

Sarah Boo Designs creates hand-fabricated jewelry inspired by Japanese katagami designs, the paper stencils used for…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 9
  • Joined January 6, 2010

Favorite materials

Gold, Silver, Copper

About

Sarah McCulloch of Sarah Boo Designs graduated from the Gemological Institute of America in 1986, specializing in Jewelry Manufacturing Arts. She spent six years in Asia studying Japanese traditional metalsmithing techniques at the Kuroki Atelier. There she learned an inlay technique, chidori ishime zogan, under Mitsuo Masuda, a Japanese National Living Treasure. Sarah was privileged to be the only foreigner to learn Masuda-sensei's technique. Sarah also traveled to China twice on research grants from the Durfee Foundation. The first was to observe minority Chinese ethnic groups crafting traditional ceremonial jewelry. The second was to hear firsthand the myths and legends that native Tibetans have passed down about the mysterious dZi Beads, objects of unknown origin found in Tibet.

Sarah Boo Designs creates hand-fabricated jewelry inspired by Japanese katagami designs, the paper stencils used for silkscreening traditional kimono. Sarah saw pierces these floral or geometric patterns into silver and copper and contrasts them with patinated copper and gold leaf.

Sarah lives in Oakland, California and established her design business, Sarah Boo Designs, in 2009.

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