Interview with Junmin Bae

Finalist for AJF’S 2020 Young Artist Award
Bonnie Levine

AJF asked this year’s Young Artist Award winner and four finalists—who were chosen from among more than 135 international applicants—to tell us a bit about their backgrounds and their thoughts on the future of the art jewelry field. Their work represents a group of outstanding pieces of contemporary jewelry. Junmin Bae, who is from South Korea, materializes organic forms, repetitions and clusters, structural rhythmicity, and color contrast into objects that show micro worlds.

Cropped image, Junmin Bae, Necklace, 2019
Junmin Bae, Necklace, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019
Junmin Bae, Necklace, 2019
Junmin Bae, Necklace, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019

In Your Hands

Join the Hand Medal Project (In English/Spanish)
Elizabeth Essner

At the Escuela de Arte de Sevilla, in Spain, metalworking students usually spend early spring working with local workshops to make religious jewels and decorations in preparation for the Holy Week, or Semana Santa. This year was different, as it was for so many around the world. As a result of COVID-19, there were no festivities to prepare for, and with many fighting the virus on hospital front lines, the students have instead been sawing little silhouettes of hands from metal.

Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
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Munich Jewellery Week

Part 2
Art Jewelry Forum

AJF’s social media intern, Pei Wu, attends university in Germany. Although the Internationale Handwerksmesse was cancelled this year, and Schmuck along with it, many of the planned events on the periphery—also known as Munich Jewellery Week—took place nonetheless, and Pei attended. She sent in dozens of photos of what she saw there. In fact, there were so many that we divided them into two photo essays. If you missed the previous one we published, you can find it here.

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Munich Jewellery Week

A Taste of the Event
Art Jewelry Forum

Although the Internationale Handwerksmesse was cancelled this year, and Schmuck along with it, many of the planned events on the periphery—Munich Jewellery Week—took place nonetheless. AJF’s social media intern, Pei Wu, attends university in Germany. She went to MJW and graciously took dozens of photos of what she saw to share with AJF. Many of them are included here. Other photos were sent in by Caterina Silva, Cristina Filipe, Kadri Mälk, and Arnoldsche Art Publishers.

 

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We're Thinking of You

Let’s Stay Connected—Let’s Talk About Jewelry
Yvonne Montoya

Marion Fulk

We are living in an unprecedented moment, where our notion of “normal” is turned upside down. On behalf of AJF’s board and staff, I want you to know that we’re thinking about you and your families at this time, and hoping you’re staying safe, healthy, and protected. 

Marion Fulk
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Remembering Kenneth R. Trapp (1943–2019)

Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery
Ron Porter

I met Ken Trapp at a luncheon during SOFA Chicago, just after he had left the Oakland Museum as the curator of decorative arts to take the position of curator-in charge of the Renwick Gallery, in Washington, DC. We had been invited, along with a few other contemporary studio jewelry enthusiasts, by Susan Cummins to explore the possibility of developing a national organization devoted to the understanding and promotion of this developing field of American craft.

Kenneth R. Trapp
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Interview with MJ Tyson

Winner of AJF’S 2020 Young Artist Award
Bonnie Levine

AJF asked this year’s Young Artist Award winner and four finalists to tell us a bit about their backgrounds and their thoughts on the future of the art jewelry field. Their work represents a group of outstanding pieces of contemporary jewelry. This is the first of five interviews with the honorees.

MJ Tyson, Inheritance: Nick
MJ Tyson, Inheritance 18
MJ Tyson, Inheritance 17
MJ Tyson, The Attic
MJ Tyson, Pray for Us
MJ Tyson, Pray for Us
MJ Tyson, Dust to Dust
MJ Tyson, Dust to Dust
MJ Tyson, Dust to Dust
MJ Tyson, Dust to Dust

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