Month: October 2016

Annie Fensterstock

Annie Fensterstock, Vine Cuff, 2015, 22-karat yellow gold, 18-karat yellow gold, 18-karat white gold, full-cut diamonds, rose-cut white sapphires, 64 x 45 x 16 mm, photo: Christine Blackburne New York-based jewelry artist Annie Fensterstock is known for her intricate, richly adorned designs which utilize ancient goldsmithing techniques and traditional materials such as gold, silver, and …

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AJF Hangouts-South Asia

AJF Hangouts takes the pulse of the rapidly expanding world of global art jewelry. We hear from voices in emerging jewelry scenes, featuring those with the responsibility of representing their country as AJF Ambassadors. Despite the varying quality of video feeds, it’s quite amazing that we can now use this platform to connect people together …

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Neke Moa: Mahi a-ringa

Neke Moa, Kai (Food), 2014, pendants, pounamu (New Zealand nephrite jade), paint, cord, tallest: 100 mm, photo: Spring Rees The smooth surfaces of Māori artist Neke Moa’s sculptural stone necklaces are etched with undulating lines and embellished with red enamel. Moa’s highlighted details give the impression that a red-hot vitality flows below the surface of …

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In Conversation with Paul Derrez, Mike Holmes, and Noel Guyomarc’h

Exterior view, Ra Gallery, 1979, Lange Leidsedwarsstraat, Amsterdam, photo: courtesy Ra Gallery The past decade has given most independent art practitioners occasional cause for dismay, as culture budgets get slashed and jewelry departments fight for their economic survival. In this climate, I find it particularly important to celebrate the resilience of jewelry dealers around the …

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Isabel Dammermann: Treasuries & Transience

Isabel Dammermann in her workshop, Wennigsen, Germany, photo: Andrea Seifert OHMYBLUE recently presented Isabel Dammermann’s first solo show. Since graduating from Alchimia in Italy in 2008, Isabel, who hails from Hanover, Germany, has established herself as an international artist with a love of materials and a clear aesthetic voice. Sandra Wilson caught up with her …

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You Are Not a Lemming

Cover, Glenn Adamson, Elissa Auther, Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Tanya Harrod, Stephen Knott (editors), The Journal of Modern Craft, volume 9, issue 1, March 2016, photo: Benjamin Lignel The latest issue of the Journal of Modern Craft was plonked into my letterbox with some months of delay. My guess is that this extra time is …

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Jorge Castañón: Gestures, Repairs, and other Emergencies

Jorge Castañón, Las Madrigueras, 2007, necklace, ebony, itin wood, eucalyptus, linen, 210 x 450 x 20 mm, photo: artist Jorge Castañón is a significant jeweler in Argentina. He has developed his work both as a jeweler and as a craft master, springing from a traditional craftsmanship approach to contemporary jewelry. In 1990 he founded the …

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The Ephemeral Art of Petals, Paints and Bods

Travis Chantar, (left) Julian Woodhouse, 2015; (right) Ledom, 2015, both from Tribe by Chantar Cut flowers are an iconic representation of ephemerality, the cycle of beauty and the process of death. Flowers and Tribes, two photographic series by New-York-based Travis Chantar, depict young, nude sitters adorned with ephemeral petal arrangements and body-paintings. I was interested …

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Olga Zobel

Daniel Kruger, Necklace, 2014, silver, acrylic, pigment, 540 mm long, largest element: 85 x 85 mm, photo Udo W. Beier Olga Zobel is the director of Galerie Biró, a gallery that serves as a benchmark in the field. A pivotal player in the establishment of Munich as the European capital of contemporary jewelry, Zobel is also …

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