Donald Friedlich: Lumina Series Glass Jewelry

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Donald Friedlich

For many years my work has explored qualities unique to jewelry as a medium. In my Lumina Series brooches, I focus on the fact that when worn, jewelry is viewed in motion. Many of these Lumina brooches call attention to this quality by dramatically shifting color or deepening in color intensity depending on the angle of the viewer and the movements of the wearer. From some angles the brooches are reminiscent of internally lit neon tubes, full of color and saturated with light, while from other angles the color fades or disappears entirely.

My Lumina Series brooches are inspired by the color field paintings of Mark Rothko, the sculptures of Dan Flavin and James Turrell, but even more so by the moonlight diffused by cloud cover or fog that I often see through my studio window.

The optical qualities that make this work so alive in person was really difficult to convey in a still image, so we created multiple views of the same brooch or necklace to show how the color changes.

Title: Donald Friedlich: Lumina Series Glass Jewelry
Author(s): Donald Friedlich
Topic: Donald Friedlich, glass jewelry, Lumina Series, portfolio
Publication Year: 2018
Discipline: glass, jewelry, metalsmithing
Relevant Country(s): USA
Material: borosilicate glass, dichroic glass, glass

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