I’ve been a fan of Bjork since she was a member of Iceland’s alternative rock band The Sugarcubes. It’s not just about her other worldly music but also the way she expresses herself through action, voice and…her wardrobe. She truly is an artist down to those highly original wearable art pieces she may refer to as ‘clothes’. This year I noticed her face and head covered in thin spikes that made me think of jellyfish from a far-off planet. I had to know who was creating these exquisite pieces. I prepared to search high and low for answers. Well, my investigative journey lasted about a nanosecond thanks to the internet. I learned that a young lady by the name of Maiko Takeda was hand-making Bjork’s accessories. Originally from Japan, Maiko studied millinery at the Royal College of Art before continuing on to jewelry design at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London. She uses laser cut sheets of translucent acetate as opposed to a textile to create bristles. They are individually painted, sometimes with glow-in-the-dark colors, and therefore require several days to create into body ornaments. Maiko was approached by Bjork’s management team to produce headgear for her latest musical release. Currently, Maiko Takeda is working for fellow Japanese designer Issey Miyake. She does, however, take private orders. Any takers?