ileava is a word that describes the highest quality of something that is pure.  It started with the idea of making a Teddy Bear ring to share your experiences with, even as a grown-up.  There was a Teddy Bear that my sister would take everywhere we went when she was little.  He was always with the family.  As she got older, he would be left there on her bed all the time.  The bear now takes us around the world he lives in.  I take out different elements and images from this world and turn them into pieces of jewelry or miniature sculptures that everyone can wear.  
~ Maya Nishimura, Artist