COVER

LINDA MACNEIL

Glen R. Brown interviews studio jeweler Linda MacNeil, who is inspired by historical art and is a collector of influences through observation. With a playful curiosity, an eye for assembling contrasting elements, and a flare for color, MacNeil’s careful, successive series in glass amount to a grand visual experiment.


FEATURE

SMITHSONIAN CRAFT SHOW 2018

Jill DeDominicis takes us into the heart of the craftspeople exhibiting in this year’s prestigious show. Each of the one hundred twenty participants is among the top in their media; by giving us the how and why of what they do, she enables the viewer with a greater perspective and deeper understanding.

FEATURE

WILEY SANDERSON

Ashley Callahan discovers the complex craft career of Wiley Sanderson, known primarily for his photography, especially with pinhole cameras. Less known is his work in pioneering jewelrymaking techniques, established during his tenure teaching jewelry at the University of Georgia, with an emphasis on centrifugal casting and the use of unorthodox materials.


FEATURE

CHECHA SOKOLOVIC

Robin Updike describes how architectural engineer Checha Sokolovic, who only started making jewelry in 2010, uses concrete, stainless steel and polyvinylchloride, as well as charcoal, fur and even egg cartons to create stunning ornaments with a great simplicity of style. She is one of the few to have worked with concrete in jewelry over the last four decades.

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FEATURE

TUAREG AMULETS AND CROSSES

Robert K. Liu, with the help of the owners of Ethnic Embellishments, shows the ingenuity and craftsmanship of Tuareg smiths. Despite perhaps the most simple toolkit among North and West African jewelers, they demonstrate great skills in creating with a variety of materials.


DEPARTMENT
Fancy Footwear

STEPPING OUT

Ten thousand years of footwear worn in the American West is chronicled by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, featuring sandals and moccasins, including contemporary examples by noted Native American artists.


DEPARTMENT
The Body Embroidered

TATTOO

The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History’s stunning exhibition showed photographs, statuary and full torso vinyl reproductions of historic, ethnographic and contemporary tattoos.

DEPARTMENT
Technology As Muse

IRIS VAN HERPEN

The Phoenix Art Museum exhibits the sinuous and body-defying fashion of Iris van Herpen, a designer from the Netherlands who breaks new ground by using modern technologies such as 3D-printing.


DEPARTMENT
California Dreaming

FREEHAND JEWELRY SHOW

The annual jewelry show at Freehand Gallery brings an eclectic collection of studio art jewelry together in one space. 




DEPARTMENT
A Beadmaking Town

IDAR-OBERSTEIN AGATE BEADS

In the nineteenth century, Brazilian agate enabled the stonecutting industry of Germany’s Idar-Oberstein to become the leading exporter of stone ornaments to Africa and the Middle East.


Current Articles Volume 40.3


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.