December 2013

Art Jewelry Forum Announces 2014 Pin

Pin is fourth in collectible series designed by respected art jewelers  Mill Valley, CA, December 26, 2013—Art Jewelry Forum (AJF), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the creation, study, and appreciation of art jewelry, announced that distinguished Swiss jewelry artist David Bielander has created the group’s 2014 limited-edition membership pin. The brooch, Baby Slug, is the fourth design in […]

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Amsterdam 2013

Art Jewelry Forum’s Trip to Amsterdam, the World’s Heart of Contemporary Art Jewelry October 10–14, 2013   Thursday, October 10  Marjan Boot and Dirk Jan Biemond, Rijksmuseum entrance hall, photo: Sofia Silfverstolpe Friday, October 11 After 10 years of renovation, the newly re-opened Rijksmuseum has a new and extended jewelry department. The author and collector

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Noon Passama: Portraits

Noon Passama is a jeweler who truly reaches outside the boundaries of contemporary jewelry by working with other artists, photographers, and fashion designers. In Portraits, her current show at Galerie Ra, she works with the photography team called Severafrahm, consisting of Mirka Laura Severa and Michael Frahm. It is interesting to hear her thinking on

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The Sieraad Fair in Amsterdam

Overall view of the exhibition hall, Sieraad International Jewellery Art Fair, Amsterdam, photo: Ward Schrijver November 7–10, 2013 Every September, the Gashouder (“gasholder’”) in Amsterdam is a bit like the biblical Tower of Babel. During the Sieraad (“jewel”) International Jewellery Art Fair, many languages are spoken by both the participating artists—of whom only 35 percent

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Dare to Wear

The dimensions of the wall showcase—33 meters long, 3 meters high, and 90 centimeters deep —are quite unusual. This is the place destined for jewelry exhibitions in the relatively new venue of the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. The museum houses an important collection of contemporary Dutch and international jewelry that reaches back to the

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TWEEX 2 exhibition, photo: Xavier Ury Susan Cummins: How does TWEEX 2 expand on the theme of the transmission of knowledge from the teacher to the student in the jewelry programs in Belgium, which you began with TWEEX 1? Françoise Vanderauwera: Using the theme of transmission, the whole TWEEX project contributes to a better understanding

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Donald Friedlich: Organic Matter

Donald FriedlichDonald Friedlich’s exhibition Organic Matter is on display at Jewelers’werk Galerie in Washington, DC, from November 23 through December 13, 2013. In this interview, Donald discusses his process and how the concept for this exhibition developed. 

Missy Graff: Please tell me about your background. How did you become interested in making jewelry?

Donald Friedlich: In my early 20s, I met a jeweler while ski bumming in Stowe, Vermont. Up until then, I had no interest in art whatsoever. I did like working with my hands, figuring out how things worked, and repairing them if needed, but I was more interested in math and science. Thomas Edison was my childhood hero. 

My ski friend started to teach me to make jewelry, and eventually I took classes at the University of Vermont with Laurie Peters. At UVM, I discovered a creative side that had been completely dormant. I took a lot of other art classes at UVM, but eventually I decided it was best to transfer to a school with more resources. I was accepted into Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz and decided to go to RISD. It was a very difficult decision, but in the end, I came up with the idea of what my wife and I would call a “cake plan.” That’s our short version of “have your cake and eat it too.” The cake plan was to go to RISD and also to take a workshop with New Paltz faculty member Bob Ebendorf. I took a two-week workshop with Bob at Penland School of Crafts the next summer. 


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Laura Deakin: My Press

Laura DeakinLaura Deakin’s series My Press is on display at Gallery Loupe in Montclair, New Jersey, through December 8, 2013. In this interview, Laura Deakin discusses her process and describes how her concept developed for this exhibition. 

Missy Graff: Please tell me about your background. How did you become a jeweler? 

Laura Deakin: My parents have always been a huge influence in my life. My dad is an illustrator and retired graphic designer. He never owned a TV, so weekends at his place were filled with other things. “I’m bored!” I would whine. “Do a drawing,” he would say, and with persuasion, I would. I am really grateful for that, as I draw all the time now, and it has helped my development as an artist immensely.

My mum trained as a seamstress but had many jobs. A couple of these dealt with art supplies, so our house always had a healthy supply of good scissors (only to be used on fabric) and colored paper. She has always dressed in fabulous color (this was horribly embarrassing as a teenager), and she wore the first and only pair of ceramic avocado earrings with a matching necklace I’ve ever known. Her fashion and creativity gave me a lasting introduction to color, form, and composition.

After high school, I studied photography, but after two years, I found myself wandering. I applied to do a jewelry degree because I enjoyed soldering in my metal-tech class in high school. I never wanted to be an artist and never thought I was training to be one, but after learning about the world of contemporary jewelry in my first year with Marian Hosking at Monash University, I was in. I worked part time with the late Mari Funaki at Gallery Funaki, a contemporary jewelry gallery in Melbourne, Australia. There, I began to wear art jewelry and to understand what was possible within the realm of contemporary jewelry. 


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