Monday, February 09, 2009

jeweler swoon

It's not even Barbie's birthday quite yet, but already I'm feeling a little Barbie-d out here on my blog, so I thought I'd take a short break from that and share some jewelry artists with whom I am fascinated by these days…

First up is dutch artist Sasja Saptenno (a fellow Julie Artisans' Gallery artist) I'm enamored with her recycled rubber works and love how tactile her necklaces & bracelets are:                                                     

Next up, Glasgow artist Marianne Anderson. Oxidized silver, 18kt gold, garnet and pearl - ornate decorative works with a modern edge:And last but not least, one of my favorites from the NY gift show this season, London based jeweler Jacqueline Cullen who makes jaw-droppingly gorgeous contemporary jet jewelry:

Jet is a black fossilized wood commonly used back in the days of Victorian mourning jewelry. It is very rare now-a-days. Jacqueline's work honors this ancient material in a truly fresh, contemporary manner. She skillfully carves the jet, and combines it with gold and black diamonds. The work absorbs and reflects light in just the right proportions. They are truly amazing in person (these photos don't quite do them justice.)

It's interesting to me that when presented together, I see the similarities in all three artists works, despite their distinctly different material choices. I've been thinking a lot lately about the type of work/design I am drawn to and this particular threesome I think best exemplifies my three main aesthetic tendencies…

Sasja: modern eco-chic
Marianne: modern ornate
Jacqueline: modern organic

1 comment:

zak said...

superb work