Nathalie Mornu has edited nonfiction and DIY books since 2003; she is particularly passionate about titles specializing in jewelry and crafts. After studying jewelry fabrication and furniture-making for five years at the Appalachian Center for Craft, she changed course altogether and pursued a degree in journalism. Nathalie then spent a dozen years in the editorial department at Lark Books. In her tenure there, she worked with former Art Jewelry Forum editor Damian Skinner to copy edit Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective. Nathalie began serving as AJF’s proofreader in June 2014 and subsequently branched out to copy editing and content management for the organization.
The premise is simple: Pore over the jewelry you own, select your current favorite or a piece you consider especially noteworthy, and send in a photo to share with readers along with the reason you selected it.
This is the third installment in this series (if you haven’t already, check out the first one and the second one). For this edition, we invited only AJF members to contribute. The only criteria were that they must own the piece and that it must have been made by someone other than themselves. We received so many photos that we had to split this particular edition in two parts! Thank you to everyone who contributed. We couldn't do it without you.
This series aims to offer some insight into what each of you think is important in the field. We also hope it will expose more contemporary artists not only to our community, but beyond it.
Someone once said that one is a purchase, two's a coincidence, and three's a collection. You may not define yourself in relation to jewelry, or maybe you do, as a maker, collector, enthusiast, gallerist, curator. Either way, you almost certainly own a number of pieces of jewelry. So—knowing that your choice could change at any time—which piece do you like best in your collection right now, and why?