CURRENT ISSUE

VOLUME 40.5

Table of Contents

Features

Demitra Thomloudis.
Building Jewelry

Robert Baines.
In the Spirit of Truth
Zhou Silicate Beads.
Shared Technologies
Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show.

Departments

Costuming a Galaxy.
Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume
Fashion & The Photographer.
Icons of Style
Fashioning an Identity. 
Frida Kahlo. Making Her Self Up
The Hair Apparent. 
Woven Strands.
The Art of Human Hair Work
Encouraging Ingenuity.
Saul Bell Design Award 2018

From the Editors
Ornament Bookshelf
Ornament News
A Catalyst For Change


 


COVER

DEMITRA THOMLOUDIS

Ashley Callahan describes how construction processes, urban architecture, her father’s continuous remodeling of their house and demolished buildings have all been a powerful influence on the jewelry of Demitra Thomloudis. Using primarily nonprecious materials, including salvage, fabrication methods and miniature imagery, Thomloudis’s purpose, above all, is to “ignite conversations” in her objects.


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FEATURE

ROBERT BAINES

Glen R. Brown delves into the intricate reasoning behind a continuing series of interpretations of ancient jewelry by Robert Baines. A master of technique and history through his many museum studies, Baines’s intricate and technical replicas are almost metaphors, with reference to art history and newer methods of color application, like powder coating.

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FEATURE

ZHOU SILICATE BEADS

Robert K. Liu surveys the complex subject of Zhou Dynasty silicate ornaments, including those of faience, glassy faience, composite material, frit, and glass. During the Warring States period of this dynasty, the most precise, complicated glass and composite beads were made, never to occur again in Chinese material culture. He attempts a preliminary chronology and shows many of the known examples of these ancient beads. 


 

FEATURE

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW

Carl Little highlights 2018’s PMA Craft Show, where the best of American craft is displayed to a public audience. Among those noted by Little are a polymer jewelry artist, a maker of straw hats, a clothing artist, a pair of partners who make decorative mirrors, a ceramicist who investigates the progression of decay, a well-known enamelist who produces both jewelry and vessels, and a woodworker using rescued and reclaimed wood.


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DEPARTMENT
Costuming A Galaxy

STAR WARS™ AND
THE POWER OF COSTUME

The Detroit Institute of Arts brings the full glamour of Star Wars into the public eye, presenting memorable costumes and a behind the scenes look at how they were created.


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DEPARTMENT
Fashioning An Identity

FRIDA KAHLO
Making Her Self Up

Frida Kahlo’s exhibition at London’s V&A Museum reimagines Kahlo’s home in Mexico City where she was born, lived and died. Her clothing and other possessions, along with paintings and photographs, reveal a more intimate insight into Kahlo’s life that stun with her still vibrant and bold presence.   

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DEPARTMENT
Fashion & The Photographer

ICONS OF STYLE

With its first foray into fashion photography, the Getty Museum delves into pictures from 1911 to 2011, bringing a fresh and penetrating eye to the subject. With iconic prints from the Getty archives, the photographs are breathtaking in their basic message: if you successfully sell dreams you sell clothes.


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DEPARTMENT
The Hair Apparent

WOVEN STRANDS

The wonder of human hair as used in jewelry, wreaths, assemblages, and dioramas is explored in the Mütter Museum of Philadelphia, known for its medical oddities. This type of commemorative art was most practiced in the second half of the nineteenth century, as known in the United States and parts of Europe.




DEPARTMENT
Encouraging Ingenuity

SAUL BELL DESIGN AWARD 2018

This prestigious annual competition brings innovation and ingenuity into the realm of fine jewelry. The 2018 award was no exception, with beautiful and engaging work from around the world.


 

In our new Department, we showcase a single piece of work from a distinguished artist.

DEPARTMENT
A Catalyst For Change

Artist Nancy Worden engages the reader with her latest statement piece, pointed at a very timely issue: sexual harassment in the workplace.


Current Articles Volume 40.5


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.

44 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.