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alyson iwamotoThe inspiration for Alyson Iwamoto’s Wabi Sabi collection came from her Japanese grandmother’s teacups and the California desert. Alyson “is continually inspired by nature’s intense and unexpected beauty. And my love for clay inspires me to create! Like a Zen garden, I look to express only what is essential. She is a native Los Angeles ceramic artist. Both her Japanese heritage and L.A. roots deeply influence her work. She has worked in clay for 20 years and she has pursued her dream as a full-time ceramic artist for the last four.

For nearly a decade Alyson taught children in Skid Row at Inner-City Arts. There she learned about humanity and imagination. She received her BFA in ceramics from Cal State University Long Beach.”

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Julia-Turner-Blue-Field-RingOver the course of a 20 year career as a metalsmith, Julia Turner became frustrated with the sheer weight of metal and moved to other materials, seeking more warmth, color and volume.  “Among the dozens of objects arranged on an 8-foot table in her sun-washed jewelry studio are bowls of beads, chunks of wood – some natural, some stained colors ranging from canary yellow to cerulean blue – a roll of safety-orange duct tape, postcards, a shard of shiny black record vinyl, several books, and a carefully trimmed and shaped lump of charcoal salvaged from a backyard barbecue. Vignettes, color stories, and contrasting geometries play out across the 32 square feet, which, viewed from above is like the love child of Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers.”

You can read more about Julia’s work in the February/March issue of American Craft.

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tiffany circles pendant-jpgTiffany’s little blue box has always been a symbol of beautiful design, even before it is opened. The Tiffany 1837 Collection “is proudly inscribed with the year that Tiffany & Co. was founded, this iconic collection gives a nod to the past while expressing a modern sensibility with sleek curves and smooth contours.”

 

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roy lichtenstein“This is the kind of art you hang on you, not on a wall”…or so reads the advertisement for the Roy Lichtenstein brooch. The very interesting fact in this 2014 Artists Books and Multiples blog post is the price of the brooch in the ad…$35. If you read further, you will discover it is now available on Ebay for $8950. 

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tai vautier2Tai Vautier describes these stack rings as ‘fanciful & luscious’.Though studying psychology is a secret love of mine I mainly grew up painting and drawing and creating lots of art projects. I took jewelry making in high school and ‘lost wax’ casting in college. Later after I completed my degree in psychology I turned to jewelry making as my love for adornments has always captivated  me. One of my most favorite artists is Alfonso  Mucha and though my jewelry is not following in this vain he has always been my greatest artistic inspiration.”

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swarovskiFounded in 1895, Swarovski has grown to be the world’s largest producer of precision cut crystals. Recently, Swarovski partnered with Maison Martin Margiela to create a collection of bold jewelry featuring stalactite shaped crystals. “What makes the Maison Martin Margiela Crystalactite for Swarovski totally unique is the fact that it is made using the pioneering Crystal Fusion technique, by which crystal is merged with matt white resin before it is cut, making gluing unnecessary. This is unprecedented, and the result is startlingly futuristic—an avant-garde and asymmetric beauty, inspired by the shape and structure of stalactites.”

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antonio pinedaScrolling through the images of Antonio Pineda’s jewelry, you will notice the strong design aesthetic is derived from the simple repetition of geometric elements.  

“A Taxco native, Pineda was among the most prominent of the many silversmiths to emerge from the mountain mining town beginning in the 1930s. He was the subject of a 2008-09 exhibition at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, “Silver Seduction: The Art of Mexican Modernist Antonio Pineda,” which traced the evolution of his work through the 1970s.”He was certainly one of the major modernist silversmiths in the 1950s, ’60s and certainly into the ’70s,” said Betsy Quick, the Fowler’s director of education and the show’s in-house curator.”

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tattooed steelTattooed Steel is a California based company that offers artists the ability to transfer their work steel or titanium jewelry. ‘Tattooed Steel merges precision technology with the creative imagination and talent of the global artist community and offers a variety of handmade stainless steel jewelry made in the USA.’

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EmmanuelKasongoEmmanuel Kasongo is a Congolese jewelry artist who works with tiny glass seed beads to create jewelry with a ‘riot of color’. “Emmanuel Kasongo creates art jewelry, that is fabulous, vibrant, colorful and yet are totally wearable, statement pieces. Tubular beaded necklaces made from tiny glass beads in a myriad of unexpected colorations, filling fine Italian mesh tubes. His necklaces, bracelets and earings are a riot of color and color combinations, not simply filling a mesh tube in a single skein, but threaded, braided and knotted together in a riot of shapes with fanned and pointed ends. His African heritage clearly expressing itself through his art, honed and directed by his Parisian childhood, moving from his native Congo to Paris, where he began his career in fashion. Kasongo lived in both Paris and Milan, and worked for the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Marithe Francois Girbaud and Romeo Gigli, sourcing, planning and organizing fashion shows and events.”

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emily-miranda3After receiving a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from Hunter College,  Emily Miranda’s career took an interesting turn...“through an unlikely hobby- sculpting edible natural history dioramas out of sugar. These ‘cakes’ led her to fall in love with the interactivity of design. Today, jewelry and curiosity mingle and merge within the Emily Miranda universe. Her creations are imagined as treasured specimens- fantastical objects or creatures washed up on a beach or hidden in a forest, waiting to be discovered by the discerning and inquisitive collector.” 

The featured photos highlight the sculptural quality of her work and the video gives us a ‘peek’ into the source of many of her designs. 

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My apologies for the loooooooooong delay between posts…no excuses…just life interfering!

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