Posts Tagged ‘ studio jewelry ’

Joyce Scott: narrative beadwork

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Joyce Scott’s beaded jewelry is often figurative, and not in a subtle way. Her figures swell beyond jewelry proportions: faces with vivid expressions, female bodies with full breasts and thighs. Captured in the confines of a necklace, her figures loom around the wearer like cartoon ghosts, demanding attention. Somehow, “necklace” isn’t the right word...

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Helen Drutt: advocate of contemporary studio jewelry

Torque necklace by Stanley Lechtzin

Few people have done more to push contemporary studio art jewelry forward than Helen Drutt. She was teaching craft history at art schools in Philadelphia just as the Studio Craft Movement was taking off there in the 1960s. Albert Paley was studying studio jewelry with Stanley Lechtzin at Tyler School of Art, Olaf Skoogfors...

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A short history of the chain

A short history of the chain

Since ancient times, the chain has enjoyed a coveted place in jewelry. It represents eternal love and all the other good stuff about human connection: the eternity of the circle linked, without beginning or end, to other circles. Of course, chains also represent all the bad parts of human connection like oppression, imprisonment and...

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How to photograph jewelry: DIY tips from successful designers #2

How to photograph jewelry: DIY tips from successful designers #2

Second in a series on DIY tips from jewelry artists for shooting your own jewelry Like Hilary Hachey, jewelry artist Lauren Schlossberg has a few pieces photographed by Hap Sakwa to use as jury slides or counter displays at craft shows. She shoots the rest herself – and takes it very seriously. Because she...

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How to photograph jewelry: DIY tips from successful designers #1

How to photograph jewelry: DIY tips from successful designers #1

Selling jewelry online requires compelling digital images, and lots of them. If you have the time and money, you can hire a professional product photographer to shoot your jewelry - or you can do it yourself. More and more jewelry artists are learning to do just that. A few are really good at it.

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So Young Park: hammered, soldered abstractions

So Young Park: hammered, soldered abstractions

You can tell at a glance that So Young Park combines several ancient techniques in her jewelry, but the designs themselves look uniquely contemporary. Each piece has layer upon layer of texture and shape. Her jewelry can call to mind lichen and moss on the bark of a tree or the ocean floor through...

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Magazine subscriptions for jewelry makers & jewelry lovers

Magazine subscriptions for jewelry makers & jewelry lovers

I love magazines. I particularly love looking at (and reading about) beautiful jewelry in magazines. I spent a good chunk of my career editing magazines and writing about jewelry for magazines, and I still love doing it. Yes, I’m all about the internet these days. But, really, is there anything that compares to turning...

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Snakes and stones: female designers in Bali

Snakes and stones: female designers in Bali

Like Jean-François Fichot, Carolyn Tyler and Penny Berton both found a haven and outlet for their creative expression in Bali. Both invested a chunk of their lives developing a little design industry there, and both have since retreated somewhat to their roots. Tyler (far right) maintains a home in Santa Barbara and Berton (left)...

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Making art and jewelry on a Caribbean island

Making art and jewelry on a Caribbean island

Ever dream of dropping everything, moving to an island and making art for the rest of your life – surrounded by exotic wildlife, crystal blue seascapes, and like-minded individuals who’ve escaped the same rat race? So many islands have become artist havens, the choices are endless. You can move to Bali and become a...

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Fullerton-Bahr: mokume gane

Fullerton-Bahr: mokume gane

John Bahr and Lynda Fullerton like to learn new things. Having designed jewelry together since 1990, they had the basics down a while ago. But they get bored easily so they developed an annual tradition. As each year draws to a close, they put their heads together and come up with something both want...

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