Eleanor Bolton makes her wild necklaces by coiling and hand stitching cotton rope.
Last night I attended the opening of “Loot: MAD About Jewelry”, the exhibition and sale of contemporary jewelry at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC. While I did not actually purchase anything, I was certainly impressed by what I saw. I think that the importance of a show like this stems from collectors being able to form a bond with the artist whose jewelery they purchase. Jewelry is not an accessory like a scarf or a hat, it so much more personal than that and so it is wonderful when you can discuss the piece with its designer/maker and learn about all of its intricacies. Knowing these things makes you love the brooch, ring, necklace, etc. so much more. Here are some of the pieces that caught my eye. Interested buyers can visit the show through October 14th from 11 am to 9 pm.
Felt Collar Necklace by Danielle Gori-Montanelli. The artist prefers to work with felt because she likes the material’s vivid colors.
A “jewel” inspired by vinatge miniature objects by Iris Nieuwenberg
A brooch by Jina Lee, a recent Pratt Institute graduate. This piece was part of her “Sea Creatures” jewelry thesis which was influenced by beautiful and mysetrious aquatic forms.
A necklace made from colored pencils by Margherita Marchoni. The artist made her first necklace at age seven out of electric wire.
Necklace by Rebecca Myers. Myers wants her work to inspire the sense of awe that she feels when her garden starts to come alive, a sentiment that can only come from someone who is an avid gardener.