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Mapungubwe Re-Mined: Creations of Contemporary Jewellery Design

Internationally, very little is known about the context of jewelry-making in South Africa and the history on which the practice of jewelry artists in South Africa is predicated. Since so much of South Africa’s gold was exported, there is relevance for the rest of the world. The archeology department of Pretoria University, in South Africa, published …

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Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty

Exhibition catalog for “Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty.” As Fuller marked its 50-year anniversary in 2019, it turned to gold to commemorate this milestone with “Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty” in its Stone and Barstow galleries. This invitational project explores the storied traditions, contemporary interpretations, skillful applications, and conceptual rigor of gold as an artistic …

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Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography

The Museum of Arts and Design presented “Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography” in 2014. This groundbreaking exhibition was the first to examine the union of contemporary jewelry and the photographic image. The exhibition and its accompanying catalog demonstrated the creative possibilities that result from hybrid practices. Photography and jewelry each have their own histories, technical …

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What Is Jewelry Really?

We create and wear jewelry because we do not want to feel alone. But “not wanting to feel alone” can mean different things to different people. The jewelry artist must have insight here. The artist needs to understand what jewelry really is in order to make successful choices about forms, materials, design elements, inspirations, techniques, …

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Brosche or the jewelry without object of Manfred Nisslmüller

A case study of Austrian artist Manfred Nisslmüller’s work ‘Taschenrecorder’ (1984-1993, made in eight examples), highlighting the artist’s view of “jewelry as a disruption” using of critical, ironic, and subversive modes of art history.

Tradition and humiliation

The role of women in jewelry tradition nowadays, and the acceptance of jewelry practice as contemporary art.

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