Month: November 2015

Material Concerns: The Ribbon Room

Susan Pasco, keeper of The Ribbon Room, Nancy’s Sewing Basket, Seattle, Washington, 2015 Susan Pasco, keeper of The Ribbon Room, Nancy’s Sewing Basket, Seattle, Washington, 2015 There are places that the International Jewelry Elite know of by reputation, and frequent when travels allow. Tokyu Hands. Karl Fischer GmbH. Metalliferous. Insert-your-local-treasure-map-here. Like them, this room is …

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Iron Woman’s Soft Toys: In Conversation with Sophie Hanagarth

Sophie Hanagarth, French Kiss, 2012, collar, pure iron, leather, 298 mm long, photo: artist Sophie Hanagarth, the recent winner of the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation Prize, just opened a much awaited retrospective of her work at CODA Museum, in Apeldoorn. (Prize winners receive a cash prize of 5000 euros, the acquisition of work for …

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First steps towards a Schmuck of the South

Exhibition view, Melt, Future Remains, Pennie Jagiello, 2015, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, photo: Nadja Soloviev Radiant Pavilion – Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Trail September 1-6, 2015 Melbourne, Australia A new jewelry festival has arrived with great expectations and significant challenges. How can a “Schmuck of the South” emerge from the shadow of the more established …

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Orly Wexler: New Jewelry

Orly Wexler, Folded Bracelet, 2015, silicone, 22-karat gold, tourmaline, 51 x 51 x 44 mm, photo: artist Orly Wexler is an Israeli jewelry artist and designer who creates effortless, modern jewelry by integrating silicone and rubber seamlessly with precious metal and gemstones. In this interview, we talk about her exhibition, New Jewelry, at Gravers Lane …

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En Construcción II

Objects made during Lisa Walker’s workshop, En Construccion II symposium, 2015, Cultural Center Valparaíso, photo: Lilian Peromarta The world of objects is also a place for desire. The way we relate to different materials, and corporeal realities, as well as the social, cultural, and emotional relationships that we experience as we use different objects or …

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Referencing the Muse

Glenda Arentzen, Intertidal Series, brooch, sterling silver, 24-karat gold, natural bloodstone, druzy agate, 51 x 64 mm, photo: Bob Barrett New York’s Aaron Faber Gallery invited 14 jewelers to select a muse and let it inspire a new body of work for their annual fall show. Three distinguished jewelers included in this exhibition—Glenda Arentzen, Janis …

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Mission and Repurpose

Fernando Benítez, found toys from chips bags, 2015, image source: DesignMilk Mexican artist and educator Mariana Acosta, recently featured in DesignMilk, launched the Precious Waste project as a means to explore the quality of “preciousness” in an academic setting. Acosta leads industrial and graphic design students at Mexico’s Universidad Gestalt de Diseño through an investigative …

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Material Concerns: Georgetown

Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, Seattle, Washington, 2015 Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, Seattle, Washington, 2015 My head is routinely turned by overstuffed second-hand stores when I’m material shopping. I appreciate that not everyone wants their material bearing the kind of message that recycled objects convey, but if you’re after rare threads, specialist tools, or recycled metals, …

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