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, choose your current favorite or a piece that’s especially noteworthy, and send in a photo along with the reason you selected it. The only criteria: you must own the piece and it must have been made by someone other than yourself.
This series aims to offer some insight into what AJF members think is important in the field. We also hope it will expose more contemporary artists not only to our community, but beyond it.
You may not think of yourself a jewelry collector, but consider this possibility: Perhaps one is a purchase, two's a coincidence, and three's a collection. No matter how you define yourself in relation to jewelry—maker, collector, enthusiast, gallerist, curator, or not at all—you almost certainly own a number of pieces of jewelry. So—knowing that your choice can change tomorrow—which piece do you like best in your collection today, and why?
This is the fourth in this series; we’ll publish a fifth installment next week. (Check out the first one, the second, and the third). Thank you to everyone who contributed. We couldn't do it without you!