COVER

AFRICAN-PRINT FASHION

Ashley Callahan takes the reader on a deep dive into the art of African-print fashion. A European introduction that has been adopted wholesale by African seamstresses, fashion designers and both men and women, her retelling of the textile’s history, its rich language of symbolism, and its contemporary use lights up the imagination.

 

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JULIA TURNER

Carl Little paints a picture of Julia Turner’s abstract jewelry. Inspired by modern art, and drawing influences from painters and sculptors such as Piet Mondrian and Robert Rauschenberg, Turner’s work creates mountain ranges from sharply cut wood, desert panoramas from bright spectrums. Utilizing both traditional techniques and CAD, she finds ways of expressing herself with the bare minimum of elements.

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GUO PEI

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell finds the allure of the fairy tale in Chinese couturier Guo Pei’s over-the-top ensembles. A child of the Cultural Revolution that found her vocation as a fashion designer in the political period after Mao, Pei’s fond memories of the past through her grandmother informs a fantastical and sculptural approach to garments.


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TUAREG JEWELRY

Robert K. Liu gives coverage to the extensive Tuareg collection of Ellen Benson. The unusual and finely crafted examples in Benson’s collection help illustrate the level of technical mastery by Tuareg smiths, as well as predominant styles and types of work. Materials, tools and methods are all explored in this fascinating exploration of African metalsmithing.

 

DEPARTMENT
A Cultural Explorer

PLAYING WITH TRADITION: RON HO

A beloved member of the Pacific Northwest arts community, eclectic jeweler and dedicated teacher, Ron Ho’s recent retrospective at the Bellevue Arts Museum is a poignant reminder of this recently deceased artist’s contribution to contemporary art jewelry.

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DEPARTMENT
World Crossroads

JEWELRY FROM BUKHARA

The collection of Barbara Levy and David Kipper  brings the artistry and technical expertise of Bukharan metalsmiths into focus at the Art Institute of Chicago.


DEPARTMENT
Jewelry Past & Present

MUSEUM FOR ISLAMIC ART

This exhibition at the Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem investigates the complex web of inspirations and influences between the three Abrahamic cultures.

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DEPARTMENT
Beacon to Creativity

SAUL BELL
DESIGN AWARD 2019

Every year, the Saul Bell Design Award Competition honors the memory of Saul Bell by eliciting some of the finest work from contemporary jewelers.Best of Show went to Australian Debbie Sheezel.


 
 

Groundbreaking British jewelry artist, ceramicist and sculptor Wendy Ramshaw died in December 2018. Here we remember her innovation and determination.

DEPARTMENT
Passages

Her distinguished reputation reached beyond the United Kingdom, Europe and across the Great Pond into North America.

 

Current Articles Volume 41.2


Handmade Expression

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Ornament celebrates a unique art because its context is the human being. Our creative energies are drawn from an appreciation that what we make to adorn ourselves is a beautiful and meaningful expression of life.

45 Years of Publishing

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From the beginning we set ourselves the exciting challenge of documenting the art and craft of personal adornment. Ornament demonstrates the richness and diversity of this vast subject with a stunning display of creative works, past and present.

Global And Local

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Our vision is rich in contemporary, ethnographic and ancient history, anthropology, and archaeology. We believe that we can help sustain a healthy and compassionate society when we know more about our own and other cultures. As a respected international resource for over forty years, Ornament encompasses the world.