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Mastering Aluminum

noah deledda2In the mid 80’s Charles Lewton-Brain introduced a new ‘wrinkle’ to metalsmithing…foldforming…the manipulation of metal into three dimensional shapes and textures. Self-taught artist, Noah Deledda, has taken a ‘throw away’ item from daily life and created a masterpiece of foldformed aluminum…the Red Bull Can. “The inner beauty of the can’s polished aluminum surface is revealed. By hand, I apply dents to sculpt patterns of shapes onto the can’s surface. The designs are made possible by the properties of the cylinder and the malleability of the aluminum. Thus presenting the familiar object and method in an unfamiliar way. The sculptures suggest the art of possibility, overlooked beauty and the irony of unexpected simplicity.”

Love for Textiles

gilgulim2Israel’s Hagar Arnon Elbaz has aptly named her Etsy shop Gilgulimor reincarnation. Her work includes as many recycled, reused or second had materials as possible.

“My love for textile, buttons, beads, lace and ribbons goes back very far to the time when I was a little girl visiting my grandma’s house. My grandma had a room full of cupboards of all sizes and colors in which she piled her treasures that had come all the way from Germany back in 1939. It included fur coats, stray keys, strings, mother of pearl and crystal buttons from her father’s shop, lace along with cotton night gowns and linen she had received for her wedding. This room was my paradise. When I grew up I followed my love and became a textile designer.”

baharal-gnidaBaharal-Gnida is a husband and wife team who bring backgrounds in furniture design, ceramics and metal smithing to the world of art jewelry. “An exploration of sculptural form is at the core of the jewelry objects Talya Baharal and Gene Gnida create.  Their work is hand-formed and constructed of sterling silver, bronze, copper and steel, achieving a formidable visual scale yet very light and wearable.  Abstracting bold contemporary form while drawing inspiration from iconic themes is at the heart of the their work.”

‘Bloomin’ Expensivie

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If you have a bit of extra money to spend, rush over to Burberry for the hand painted Bloomsbury bag. If not, find a leather bag in the closet or thrift store, pull out your stash of acrylic paints, channel first grade art class and you will be saving anywhere from $3,000 to $37,000. OH…of course, there are the shoes…do not forget the shoes!!! 

Charming!!!

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According to the February issue of American Craft Magazine, 2014 is the year of the charm. “Whether it’s a single statement piece dangling from your wrist or a full-on array, charms are back from the fashion past and more chic than ever.” 

endlessA definite ‘we can do this’ inspiration is the Endless Charm Bracelet from Endless Jewelry. Move from leather to extruded polymer; wirewrap charms or create your own from polymer or metal clay; slip everything on memory wire…CHARMING!!!

Focus on Water Through Art

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New York’s Water Tank Project “wraps more than 100 of the city’s iconic water tanks in artists’ canvases, versions of which will be auctioned to raise funds for project in Tanzania and other places facing dire water shortages. On a visit to Ethiopia, curator, Mary Jordan realized that fully a fifth of the world’s population lacks access to clean water…just another thing New Yorkers take for granted.”

The featured photo is from conceptual photographer Laurie Simmons’ image of a life-size latex doll taking the plunge.

The Tiffany T

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Prior to taking the position as Design Director, Francesca Amfitheatrof requested a visit to the Tiffany archives. She discovered that through Tiffany’s 177 year history there was much more than ‘traditional’ design. It was a geometric necklace with clean lines and a square setting that inspired the Tiffany T Collection. “A trained jeweler and silversmith, design director Francesca Amfitheatrof reimagined the letter T as a piece of engineering, which you can see in the mechanisms for cuffs. The T is sculptural and bold and very closely linked to the architecture of New York City,”

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