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WENDY STEVENS

David Updike describes how self-taught handbag maker Wendy Stevens uses industrial materials and initially a minimum of tools to make her metal purses. After a fire destroyed her studio, she forged ahead by adopting new methods and materials: CAD design and photo-etched stainless steel for her award-winning new work.


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ANCIENT NUBIAN FACE BEADS

Robert Liu and Tom Holland examine the unique ancient mosaic glass beads excavated in Nubia some one hundred years ago. Assisted by Sage Holland, they try to determine if these are imports or locally altered glass art, regarded as luxury items.

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AILEEN RIBEIRO

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell engages eminent fashion historian Aileen Ribeiro in a discussion of how she approaches and researches fashion and art history in her new book, Clothing Art, which covers dress between 1600 and 1914.


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GENEVIEVE YANG

Patrick R. Benesh-Liu explores the meaning behind Genevieve Yang’s jewelry, revealing how her history and present inform her work. As a craftsperson whose goal is to imbue each piece of jewelry with meaning, Yang explains how her work has evolved, what inspires her and how family has been integral to her passion.

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BEADS. A UNIVERSE
OF MEANING

Cheri Falkenstien-Doyle, Wheelwright Museum curator, highlights Native American beadwork as a fundamental medium of artistic, cultural and personal expression. In addition, the author goes behind the scenes to show how museums prepare their material for display.


DEPARTMENT
Collaborations

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Suzanne Amendolara sent twenty-one jewelers identical castings of an abstract form; they then incorporated her form into their own jewelry, in an interesting display of artistic collaboration.


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At the Metropolitan

ROYAL CRESTS & VAJRA MASTERS

Two very different exhibitions on head adornment appear at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wooden crests from the Cameroons and metal, bejeweled crowns from Nepal each declare the ceremonial status of the wearer or bearer.

DEPARTMENT
Beauty Brings Us Joy

NADINE KARIYA

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art hosts a retrospective on four decades of Northwest jeweler Nadine Kariya’s beautifully crafted work.


DEPARTMENT
Intertwining Cultures

VEILED MEANINGS

The Jewish Museum in New York City brings together Jewish dress from across the world in this insightful exhibition, drawn from the collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 


Current Articles Volume 40.2


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.

43 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.