In just six weeks LOOT the annual jewelry sale/exhibit will be opening at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. This year 56 jewelry artists from 12 different countries have been invited to participate. I was over the moon when asked to join the committee for this year’s show. To me the most important aspect of Loot is being able to interact with the artists and purchase the work directly from them. I must admit that being on the committee has its perks, one of which is getting to see the incredible jewelry before anyone else. But what kind of journalist would I be if I didn’t share with my readers all that I have seen? Therefore over the course of the next six weeks I will be featuring the work of all of the super talented jewelers who will make MAD their second home from September 11-15.
This year’s event will honor Axel Russmeyer, the renowned artist who has been creating jewelry out of glass beads for the last two decades. Russmeyer always finds new and innovative ways to combine beads, some new and some old, to create beautiful and unique pieces.
Ogura uses cardboard, a material that is most often discarded, to make her jewelry. By cutting, folding, and adding color to the cardboard Ogura is able to create surprisingly beautiful and sculptural pieces.
Cusack has a hit on her hands with the Zipper Jewelry. “The fastener becomes the feature” explaines Cusak. The artist uses zippers to make easy to wear and stylish necklaces, bracelets, and pins.
Inspired by a black sealing ring used for plumbing pipes, Rebeiro designs jewelry made of diamonds and rubber, an unlikely combination that has won him numerous accolades and landed him in the collections of some of the world’s most important museums.
Anderson is one of the more traditional jewelers at Loot. Although the artist’s palette is restricted to garnets and pearls set in oxidized silver and 18k gold she is able to come up with fascinating combinations that are never redundant. While her garnet rings look incredibly chic when worn together, it is Anderson’s collection of swirling brooches inspired decorative ironwork that are most whimsical.
Born in Belarus, Aleinikava studied under Eva Eisler in Prague, where she now lives and works. The artist’s collections are thematic, most frequently focusing on nature. Aleinikava creates sculptural, yet wearable, forms out of silver.
Ban says that she is inspired by her past and by her future and each piece of jewelry allows her to relive the moment of conception. The artist’s jewelry, mostly made of silver, encapsulates important memories in her life.
A textile designer by training, Betrand’s whimsical «pastilles» necklaces and bracelets made of out silk scarves, neck ties and dresses, are made in limited edition. She also has a «basic» collection of colorful satin necklaces made of rolled-up fabric beads. The artist’s necklaces printed with images of fairytale characters or tourist scenes, such as the sites of Paris, are the most fun.
Of her work Bellucci says, “I love materials I see in every day life. I see them with my conditioned eyes to seek beauty everywhere. It’s fun to change the concept of everyday object, by taking the object away from its contest, deconstructing and transforming it into a piece of jewellery, gaining a total new meaning.” There is no material more part of our everyday life than a pencil. But cutting and fitting colored pencils together, the artist has created the most unusual jewelry out of the most ordinary material.
Caines describes herself as a mixed media jeweler. Employing the materials that she collects on her daily walks around the Thames in London, Caines creates one of a kind necklaces, bracelets, and brooches.
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