Yuki Ferdinansen is a Japanese silversmith and metal chaser based in Denmark.
Adopting the traditional Japanese artisan technique ‘Arare’, Ferdinandsen hammers out, entirely by hand, thousands of tiny hollows onto a silver surface, resulting into hypnotic shapes reminiscent of the Fibonacci sequence patterns.
‘I enjoy every stroke and the sound of the metal being struck; the hammer’s “dance” makes a sound that creates a rhythm that I sense throughout my body and enjoy within my soul.’
Combining her Japanese background with the aesthetic of modern Danish design, Ferdinandsen’s silver works challenge the inherent quality of the medium. The play of light and shadows created by the richly textured surface evokes an effect of lightness and malleability on the solid silver plate.
‘With my hammer, with its small bumps, I form a plate of silver; the solid piece getting a floating look and simultaneously a degree of flexibility. The piece thus exudes durability, weight, light, reflection, contrast, and silver’s unique brilliance. Silver’s gloss is hot and cold simultaneously and it is this gloss and disposition of the material that creates the charm of working with silver.’