July 2022, Part 2
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Listings gathered with assistance from Carrie Yodanis.
The multidisciplinary artist Douriean Fletch specializes in metallurgy, precious stones, and overall adornment. Her practice lies where aesthetics and energy work intersect, forging the tools to root and reimagine ourselves according to shared ancestral and cultural traditions. Her work has been featured in the Roots reboot and the films Black Panther, Coming2America, and the upcoming Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever. Through her work, Fletcher invites women to envision themselves as deities of our era and of the future. This event is free and open to all. Register here.
Find these listings and many, many more on our dedicated exhibition page:
- Plan B, at Ombré Gallery through July 30, 2022. A portion of the sales benefits Planned Parenthood
- Todo lo Que Brilla No Es Oro: The Story of Stones, at Mobilia Gallery through July 31, 2022
- Shakkei—Borrowed Scenery by Mari Ishikawa, at Jewelers’werk Galerie through August 5, 2022
- Namkyung Lee, at Galeria Alice Floriano through August 13, 2022
- Bird, fish or somewhere in between: Karin Roy Andersson and Sofia Björkman, at Not Quite through September 11, 2022
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The jewelry historian explains why collectors are connecting with modernist jewelry. Once misunderstood as an illegitimate art form, modernist jewelry now fetches five- and six-figure prices at auction. It likely wouldn’t have come this far without Greenbaum’s work. Listen to the podcast.
The exhibition will present masks by the jewelry artist, as well as hundreds of photos and videos by artists from around the world who address the subject of the contemporary mask. At Maximiliansforum, in Munich, August 3–October 16, 2022.
This position teaches six courses (in a three-term quarter system) and shares responsibilities for teaching both BFA and graduate students. We hear that the one-year fixed-term mentioned in the job description could well turn into three. Interested? Apply TODAY: The application review begins tomorrow, July 20, 2022.
In this virtual panel discussion, Motoko Furuhashi, Kerianne Quick, and Demitra Thomloudis—the artists featured in the Location Services exhibition—will discuss their perspectives on place, site, and origin through the lens of their unique contemporary jewelry practices. August 12, 12–1 p.m. PST. In conjunction with their Craft in America Center exhibition. Register here.
Its owner would love to find out, and wrote to the librarian at the American Craft Council. Stumped, the librarian in turn contacted AJF. “My sister purchased this in Carmel, CA, 25 years ago. She unexpectedly [died] and left me this piece,” writes the new owner. “We haven’t found any information about it in her belongings.” The necklace measures 24 inches long and is stamped “925.” If you can identify the maker, email Beth Goodrich.
Taught by Anita Tarnutzer, Barbara Schrobenhauser, and Otto Künzli in Zürich. Info.
The two themes for the fifth anniversary are joy and human connection. The global jewelry community is welcome to join in submitting proposals for compelling and creative programs or events. Info.
For the past century, Santa Fe Indian Market has brought together the most gifted Native American artists from the U.S. It ranks as the world’s largest and most highly acclaimed Native American arts show.
With contributions by Fred Jahn, Friedhelm Mennekes, Andrea Nante, and Thereza Pedrosa. Produced in conjunction with a retrospective on the occasion of the 55th jubilee of the Italian artist, as part of Orizzonti d’Autore. See more.
Caroline de Guitaut’s book explores the undeniable appeal of diamonds and the many royal uses to which they have been applied throughout the centuries. These precious stones have long played a part in royal ceremonies and gift-giving, and the book features numerous photographs, including close-up views of each piece.”
The day US Supreme Court struck down Roe v Wade, Aid Access’s FB feed featured work by Dutch jewelry artist Eva van Kempen: Lady Liberty. The crown is made partly with expired abortion pills. Van Kempen examines the impact of regulation on the recent control humans have over fertility: abortion laws, which act as the thermometer of a democracy and the respect for human rights. Learn more in “The Artivist,” by Ilaria Ruggiero.
Award-winning writer and curator Melanie Grant explains the criteria aficionados of wearable art should keep in mind when looking for pieces to buy. Listen.
The article mentions the use of non-precious, recycled and repurposed materials in jewelry—they’re catching up to us! It includes the work of Eunseok Han and Adele Dejak, among others. Read it here.
Increased attention is being paid to the jewelry made by artists. Read about it in the Financial Times.
An update on the ongoing daily challenges and survival of jewelers in Ukraine from the New York Times.
You can watch them here.
A scholar theorizes that a pendant designed by Hans Holbein was commissioned not by Henry but by Catherine during the period when he was trying to divorce her to marry Anne Boleyn. The design appears in Jewellery Book, a collection of sketches for jewelry and other ornaments held by the British Museum. It’s not clear whether the pendant was ever fabricated. Learn more.
Boxes, trays, mini-shelves. Check out these ideas.
The history and continued popularity of the macle, a rough diamond used in jewelry. Read the article.
“I never wanted to string,” said Renata Terjeki. She thought pearl necklaces were the preserve of octagenarians, and stringing was an easy pursuit: “I assumed all they do is just chuck the pearls on a string, tie it somehow, and that’s it.” Wrong.
In modern times, this piece of jewelry has come to symbolize Ireland. Read about it.