Ron Porter is a former board member of AJF and long-time, art-jewelry enthusiast.
Blah, Blah, Blah. Do you ever tire of words? It seems that we are inundated with them from the time we wake until we finally escape them in sleep. What to do short of exile? Relax, take a deep breath, and use your eyes for seeing, not reading! As children, we saw with wonder before we read with understanding. Let’s recapture that wonder and open a ‘picture book’.
Lark Books has created a unique niche in the craft world by offering their 500 Series. The satisfaction of a visual feast unencumbered by wordy scholarship is a refreshing respite when the world is too much with you. Do you read War and Peace at the beach? God, I hope not. So why lumber yourself with heavy, wordy art jewelry tomes when what you may need is a quick fix of purely visual stimuli?
Lark presents 500 pendants, earrings, bracelets, etc. (the list goes on and on) on glossy paper, in full color, and with just enough words. So unload your senses a little, make a pitcher of iced tea (plain or Long Island), lounge and look. Every contemporary jewelry library needs some or all of these. Trust me, although I just used 209 words to tell you to escape words!