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The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The first wall text you encounter in the jewelry gallery at the V&A museum in London is this no-nonsense, factual statement of what you’ll see: ‘These displays begin in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Thereafter they are devoted mainly to the story of western jewelry since medieval times.’ On the lower level, the display begins […]

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Maker’s Tool

Helen Carnac’s Rolling Mill Rolling Mill  I often think about the tools around me and what they mean. I have many since I collect them as well as use them to make my work. It’s really hard to pick out a particular favorite and my thoughts on this waver between a pencil and a scalpel.

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Rita Newman Was Here

Rita and Don Newman <–break–> As a collector, Rita had a well-developed eye. She responded strongly to works and never shied away from ‘tough’ pieces. She committed to acquiring pieces by senior jewelry artists such as Kiff Slemmons but remained on the lookout for new talent such as Jennifer Trask. In doing so she built

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First Post

Susan Cummins But before I dive into my next post, I would like to thank Mike Holmes and Damian Skinner for keeping the AJF blog a dynamic and engaging place for the past year and a half. Without their vision, this new website and blog would not exist. Thanks so much, you two.

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ALEXANDER BLANK: WHERE DID THE NIGHT GO? MELANIE ISVERDING: HIDE AND SEEK

Alexander Blank Where did the night go? encompasses three bodies of work all which exhibit a stunning level of craft and are related to fantastic realities. The work began as a conscious departure from Blank’s conceptual methodology. As a student at the Munich academy Blank reached a moment in his artistic practice where he needed

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2011 SOFA Speakers

In 2011, Davira Taragin moderated a panel at SOFA Chicago, featuring Iris Eichenberg, Seth Papac and Gemma Draper. The panel, addressing the issue of creativity, featured short talks by the three jewelers, followed by a discussion with the panelists and the audience. This panel was sponsored by AJF. Gemma Draper, Seth Papac, and Iris Eichenberg

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Bijoux sans Frontières

Triennale Européenne Du Bijou Contemporain 2011, Photo: Cristina Filipe In her essay In search of “Jewellery”, Dempf states, “contemporary jewellery in Germany is, above all, international”.  I don’t dispute this for one second and would expand the statement to say that contemporary jewellery in Europe is international. Therefore I was curious to see if and

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AJF 2011 Grant Award

AJF is pleased to announce that 2011 grant award funds will be used to support production of a catalog for the exhibition Geography, curated by Susan Cummins and Mike Holmes, to be shown in conjunction with the 40th Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference in Seattle, Washington, May 26-29, 2011. The exhibition will include

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