Month: February 2015

Lauren Kalman

AJF asked the five young Artist Award finalists to give us their thoughts on the future of the field. Their work represents a group of outstanding pieces of contemporary jewelry. This is the fourth of five interviews, including one with Seulgi Kwon, the winner of this year’s award.   For this, the 14th annual AJF …

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Platina: Sofia Björkman

Platina, Stockholm, photo: Rikard Westman Kellie Riggs: I’ve recently listened to your lecture at the 2014 SNAG Conference in Minneapolis. One of my favorite things you said was something so simple: “Jewelry gives us satisfaction, it enables another way of being, seeing…” Can you talk more about this satisfaction? Does your gallery function as a …

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Signs of Life

Lin Cheung, Tomfoolery: Objects & Jewellery. London: Tomfoolery Publishing UK, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-9572988-0-4    For those not well versed in the artful linguistic gymnastics of London’s East End, tomfoolery is Cockney rhyming slang for jewellery. It is also defined in the dictionary as foolish behavior, utter nonsense, rubbish, and it is in the space between these …

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Benedikt Fischer

AJF asked the five young Artist Award finalists to give us their thoughts on the future of the field. Their work represents a group of outstanding pieces of contemporary jewelry. This is the second of five interviews, including one with Seulgi Kwon, the winner of this year’s award.   For this, the 14th annual AJF …

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The “World’s First Rapper” Shows Off Her Bling

Edith Sitwell had a dissonant, resonant, voice that she employed to recite her avant-garde poetry—most notoriously Façade (1923), performed to Sir William Walton’s modernist music via Sengerphone (a megaphone made of papier-mâché) jutting through the open mouth of a primitivist mask, painted by sculptor Frank Dobson, on a curtain, which concealed her six-foot body. The …

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Attai Chen

AJF asked this years five young Artist Award finalists to give us their thoughts on the future of the field. Their work represents a group of outstanding pieces of contemporary jewelry. This is the first of five interviews, including one with Seulgi Kwon, the winner of this year’s prize.  Attai Chen, Untitled, 2014, necklace, paper, …

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Je suis #hashtag

What’s the best way of disseminating a political slogan today? Where once the badge was a common medium for rallying calls, it now seems to have been eclipsed by the hashtag. The political messages of the day are less often worn on the body and more frequently disseminated through social media with the use of …

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Helen Drutt: The State Hermitage Museum Exhibition

Marjorie Schick, Deflection, 1993, neckpiece, papier-maché, paint, 483 x 470 x 305 mm, photo: Gary Pollmiller Marion Fulk: I understand that the jewelry you donated, called Gifts From America, was part of a larger overall exhibition celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage. Helen Drutt: Initially, allow me to correct a misconception—I did not donate …

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The Wearable Zoo

Beauty of the Beast January 24–May 10, 2015 Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands A certified taxidermist demonstrated during opening night how to fasten a bird’s skin—with feathers attached—around a plastic mold. Beauty of the Beast, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, the Netherlands, photo: Monika Auch Taxidermy—the process of skillfully conserving dead animals or pieces of animals—is a …

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Tabea Reulecke

Tabea Reulecke, Dreamer, 2012, brooch, oxidized silver, enamel on copper, 75 x 80 x 10 mm, photo: Manu Ocaña Susan Cummins: You were born in Berlin but you have traveled and studied in many other places. You are truly an international jeweler. Can you give us a travel guide to your education as a jeweler? …

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