We often look back at the past for jewelry inspirations but what about the future? Who are the designers today making those innovations that will determine what we might wear in the future? What sort of techniques and materials or uncommon combinations might become popular in years to come?
|Vina Rust's "Eastern Cottonwood Defense" Necklace|
sterling silver, gold, hand fabricated oxidized
photographed by Doug Yaple
21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series which I received for review, is a gorgeous coffee table book featuring a worthy collection of some of the most innovative and occasionally bizarre modern designs ever encountered. A jury of international jewelers, curators and galleries picked this amazing inspirational array. Here are some of my favorites from the book.
Some of the jewelry like Vina Rust's necklace above show off the exquisite workmanship and attention to detail displayed by top designers. Her design shows that nature continues to inspire. Emre Dilaver's astonishing ring reminds me of miniature embedded cathedrals!
Mary Lee Hu whose work I wrote about before - she pioneered wire weaving back in the 1960's.
|Arline Fisch's Bracelet Glove|
Coated Copper wire, fine silver, machine and hand knitted, crocheted
Designers have often used what was readily available through out thousands of years of jewelry history. It is no different for designers today. One group of materials that defines our time consist of polymers such as plastic. So it was not surprising to see so many designers use this material. One of them is Svenja John who I featured before.
Anastasia Azure's amazing armlet made of woven nylon filaments is a work of art - both worn and by itself.
Christel van der Laan's brooch is an outstanding example of eco jewelry because it uses polypropylene price tags. Designs like this remind us yet again that it's not what you use but HOW you use it.
Giovanni Corvaja, one of the featured designers summed up well what jewelry means to many of us. He said, "After all, jewelry contains JOY in its name (from Latin jocus and Old French joule - "jest" or plaything), and I believe that must be its function."
This book certainly celebrates that.... and more.
Before You Go:
- How to Make Riveted Recycled Soda Can Earrings
- Architectural Rings by Sevan Bicakci
- Recycled Plastic Water Container Jewelry Inspiration and Tutorials
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