Table of Contents
Barbara Heinrich. A Delicate Balance
Smithsonian Craft Show 2017
Mountain Modern. Virginia Dudley's Rising Faun Enamels
Hats Off to Impressionism! Edgar Degas and the Paris Millinery Trade
Tamar Navama. A Vindication of Skin
Celestial. Comets, Cupids, and Other Heavenly Bodies
Chinese Silver Hairpins
Postscript From the Editors
Impressionism was a fertile development in the long and revered history of French art. But what fascinates is the role hats played in assisting the artistic muse, finding their way into painters’ works as they recorded life of the times.
Dallas, Texas-based Tamar Navama chooses to focus her energies on the challenges and opportunities that a particular substance brings to her ability to create jewelry, in this case, leather. Her solutions are a unique twist on a material that goes back to earliest human use.
Virginia Dudley was a modernist artist who worked in many media, but was best known for her award-winning enamels during the 1950s. While Dudley’s life is not well-documented, what is known of her history is a fascinating study of an artist passionate about her vocation.
Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington, featured twenty-two artists charged with exploring the universe as subjects for jewelry. The celestial landscape, it turns out, is not just out of this world but within.
Clothing artist Andrea Geer stretches the imagination in her experiments with color, pattern, texture, and shape, using a diverse range of tools. Her designs are delightful variations on current sartorial splendor.
Hair adornments were a vital part of women’s jewelry in many parts of East Asia. Silver hairpins from China illustrate the diversity of this important accessory.
In its thirty-fifth year, the Smithsonian Craft Show honors the craft legacy that informs our life today and the contemporary artists who continue to create works of beauty and function.
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