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Listings gathered with assistance from Carrie Yodanis.
We will launch this year’s programs on January 26 with AJF Live with David Harper Clemons. In the meantime, you can watch (or rewatch) recordings. Find an index to all the AJF Live events here.
Find these listings and many, many more on our dedicated exhibition page:
- Check out the Winter Exhibition 2021–2022 at Galerie Door, in Mariaheide, The Netherlands, through February 27, 2022.
- You have until this weekend to see Window Project: Isabel Garcia at Galeria Reverso, in Lisbon. It closes January 21, 2022.
- The Baltimore Jewelry Center hosts Artifactual Remakes: Jewelry Across History through February 5, 2022.
FROM OUR MEMBERS
The Legnica Silver Festival has announced the theme of its 30th international jewelry competition: Touch. Submitted works should be jewelry in a broad sense and include a clear reference to the theme. There are no limits regarding materials and techniques but, emphasizing the Festival’s tradition, the organizers suggest the use of silver. Submission deadline: March 27, 2022. Info.
Congratulations to the gallery’s owner, Lisa Berman!
Sharon Berman recently interviewed the artist and enamelist for her Jewelry Journeys podcast. Listen here.
The program features two online events and one intimate in-person event, all with exclusive meals and snacks packs, special guests, and a curated silent auction. Digital programs will feature contemporary craft curator Sarah Darro, and gallerist, collector, and craft legend, Helen W. Drutt English. Additionally, BJC is hosting a new, exclusive, in-person event showcasing Baltimore’s own MacArthur Genius, sculptor, and jewelry maker, Joyce J. Scott. Learn more about the events and purchase tickets here.
Join Dr. Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Jonathan Wahl @92Y as they discuss Mahnaz Collection’s upcoming catalog and online exhibit on Burle Marx jewels. Dr. Ispahani Bartos will focus on the post-WWII cultural, emigré, and gemological context in which the brand of Burle Marx jewels emerged in Brazil, and on Roberto Burle Marx as a Renaissance man of modernism and as an artist jeweler. She will also note Haroldo Burle Marx’s contribution to fine modern jewelry for stylish and society women in Brazil and overseas. January 31, 1–2 p.m, US$10. Purchase tickets.
SCHMUCK POSTPONED UNTIL JULY
The events that would have occurred this spring will instead take place in 2023.
Artist Harriete Estel Berman will discuss her career and process of using recycled materials in her jewelry and sculpture to critically question the values of our consumer society. January 21, 2022, 12:00 PM (Los Angeles time). Register here.
Cavalan’s work is featured in the exhibition Force of Nature: Highlights from the Myrna B. Palley Art Jewelry Collection. The lecture is organized by the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum. February 11, 2022, 5:30 p.m. (NYC time). More info + register here.
This semi-permanent marketplace supports Black metalsmiths and jewelers in the US. Each month benefits different charities or community leaders fighting for social and racial justice for Black communities in America. 75% of proceeds benefits the artists. In January, 20% of the benefits are divided equally between National Black Disability Coalition, Emanuel Nine Memorial, and Check Your Privilege, and 5% benefits the Metalsmiths for Change Fund. Shop here.
North by Northwest, by Susan Cummins and Damian Skinner. As a jeweler, Laurie Hall never plays it safe, preferring to fly by the seat of her pants and push her skills and technical knowledge. From the Pacific Northwest region of North America, she amuses herself and, in the process, amuses the wearer and viewer. From Arnoldsche. (This book was produced through AJF’s fiscal sponsorship program, which provides financial management for projects in the art jewelry field. Go here for information on our fiscal sponsorship program.)
Winged Beauty: The Butterfly Jewellery of Wallace Chan. Wallace Chan was the first Chinese jewelry artist to exhibit at prestigious western art fairs. With 30 of his finest pieces, this book explores the cultural and personal significance of Wallace Chan’s most famous emblem: the butterfly. From ACC Art Books.
The Desired Brand Effect: Stand Out in a Saturated Market with a Timeless Jewelry Brand, by Tracy Matthews. Expand your audience, grow your sales, and amplify your results with simple, actionable steps. Every chapter comes complete with additional exercises and resources to inspire you and keep you on task. From branding and positioning to marketing and sales, this book demystifies the business side of jewelry making.
Designer Samantha Platero started her jewelry line after realizing how adulterated and inauthentic most of the jewelry presented as “Navajo” is, and how rarely her community truly profits from this economy. Read about it.
The New York Times recently reported on the Maori matau, or fishhook, often made of pounamu (jade or greenstone), worn around the neck, and said to give the wearer strength, safety, and good luck when traveling.
Read about Betty Cooke, along with her most recent exhibit, Betty Cooke: The Circle and the Line.
Mothers are preserving the experience of breast feeding their children through commemorative breast milk jewelry. Read the article.
Gems were fundamental to self-fashioning in the Renaissance, hence their prominence in portraits. Watch the recording of the lecture Gems and Gender in Renaissance Portraits, given by Dr. Bette Talvacchia during NYCJW21.
With a record number of weddings expected in 2022, brides-to-be are opting for unexpected engagement rings including murky brown diamonds, reports WWD.
Goldsmiths’ Company will soon be 700 years old. It’s creating a digital archive of its 12,000-piece, centuries-old collection of silverware and jewelry, design drawings, and management and apprenticeship records. Read the article.
Slip you finger through the ring and you’re holding a cup. These ceramics are made by Astier de Villatte in collaboration with French artist Serena Carone. See other styles here.
ADULT COLORING BOOKS ARE SO PASSÉ
Drawing gems… is it the next craze? Find out here.
IF YOU’RE INTO ROYALS JEWELRY
Learn about the jewels Kate Middleton wore in the portrait photos taken to celebrate her 40th birthday here.
A fashion designer laments that sometimes—or is it much of the time?—celebrities on the red carpet conform to stereotypical beauty instead of taking risks. Kate Bentley offers Rasa Vilcinskaite’s work as an antidote.
Market research shows Millennials want pearls, even for their engagement rings, says Forbes.
The story of the surprise development and eventual recognition of the Irish jeweler Alan Aldriff, and his kinetic jewelry.
If you need convincing that this is jewelry’s new staple, look no further than the flock of celebrities mixing menswear up, says the Evening Standard.
Historic and contemporary examples of British jewelers using local stones, now often found and recycled, rather than mined for their jewelry. Read the article.