Table of Contents
Enduring Splendor. Jewelry of India's Thar Desert
Barbara Mann. Bejeweled Cosmography And Cellular Biology
The Gaussoins. Heritage. Family. Creativity.
Julie Powell. Bead Embroidery Chromatics
Trunk Show. Bhagwan Das Soni
Museum News. Shock Wave:
Japanese Fashion Designers
Fashion Arts. Black Fashion Designers
Photography on the Run
Postscript From the Editors
Ornament, in partnership with the Fowler Museum at UCLA, reviews the culture of adornment and jewelry in India, focusing on the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat in the Thar Desert Region.
Barbara Mann explores both the macro and the micro as she makes work that interprets cell biology and the cosmos.
A graduate of the University of Georgia’s craft programs, Mann uses silver, gold and unusual semiprecious gems as components in forming her
Headed by Connie Tsosie-Gaussoin, who pioneered as a female Native silversmith and raised four children in the arts, the Gaussoin family each have their own creative paths. Jerry Jr. was influenced by Navajo and Pueblo metalsmithing, tempered by his experiences while serving in the Army; Wayne Nez favors non-conventional materials; David increasingly addresses the entire body; and daughter Tazbah has a degree in museum studies, models and weaves. Family and community are a vital part of their lives as artists.
Julie Powell transitioned from a successful textile artist and designer into a powerhouse beadwork jeweler. Self-taught, she used her textile background to re-interpret them into beadwork designs, in a wide variety of striking styles and forms. While she exhibits at shows, she is also active on the internet with sales of her work.
One of the four Rajasthani jewelers whose work appeared in “Enduring Splendor: Jewelry of India’s Thar Desert,” Bhagwan Das Soni presented his family’s skillful artisanship at a one-day trunk show at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
The Denver Art Museum recently hosted a show on the influence on fashion of seventy Japanese clothing designers during the 1980s-1990s, juxtaposing their styles versus contemporaneous Western dress.
The Museum of Arts and Design brings us back to the heyday of the hippie era. Clothing, jewelry, photographs, and other memorabilia from the 1960s-1970s demonstrate the extravagance and ingenuity of that era.
The recent Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology exhibition brings the contribution of the black fashion designer into full view, from the middle of the twentieth century into the twenty-first.
Robert K. Liu demonstrates photographic techniques on location and in the studio that produce reproduction level images, taking advantage of external flashes or high ISO on his digital cameras.
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