Month: June 2009

Heirlooms: Navigating the Personal in Contemporary Jewelry

Lola Brooks, brooch, 18kt gold, stainless steel, vintage ivory, diamonds, 4.5×4.5×1.5 The recent work of contemporary art jewelers such as Brigitte Adolph, Melanie Bilenker, Lola Brooks, Gesine Hackenberg, Anna Lorich, Mary Pearse, Monika Strasser and Renee Zettle-Sterling underscores the link, inherited or not, between past and present and establishes a framework for investigating the role …

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Cindi Strauss in Conversation

Cindi Strauss recently completed the five-year project of creating the Ornament as Art exhibit and catalog, which showcases the avant-garde jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt collection. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Hamilton College and master’s degree in the history of decorative arts from Cooper-Hewitt/Parsons School of Design. She has been …

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Trish Rodimer

Trish Rodimer’s career has taken her from suburban Philadelphia to New York City to Chicago to San Francisco, where she’s worked in corporate communications for companies as varied as Avon, Kraft and Pacific Gas & Electric. Trish served on the AJF board as the past president. In 2007, Sally von Bargen talked with Trish about her interest in …

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Susan Kempin

Giovanni Corvaja, 18 and 24 ct gold with 950 platinum wire, 10 X 10 X 4 cm Fast forward to California. ‘While I was living there, I took Christie Romero’s antique and period jewelry course. Christie is a wonderful teacher and guide and she introduced me to the American Society of Jewelry Historians, where I …

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Possessed

This essay first appeared in Metalsmith magazine, published by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). Bruno Martinazzi, E Se Rivolto Inver di Lei si Piega Quel Piegare E’Amore, neckpiece, 1999, 20kt yellow gold. Photo: Tony Cuhno ‘Follow your nose. Like it, wear it, lend it. Either you get it, or you don’t.’– Lois Boardman  Boardman and Drutt have a …

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