DEPARTMENT
Our Long Human Journey

THE MIDDLE EAST GALLERIES AT PENN MUSEUM

The University of Pennsylvania Museum exhibits in their newly renovated Middle Eastern galleries the striking finds from Mesopotamia of Queen Puabi’s royal burial, filled with spectacular gold and bead jewelry, the latter using long distance imports. 

 
These galleries tell you a story about how ancient peoples changed their way of life to stay in the same place all year round. This led to the formation of the world’s first cities, in ancient Mesopotamia. Urbanization dramatically speeds up innovation and introduced many of the issues—good and bad—that are still with us today. So this story
really resonates with all of us because it is our story.
— Museum Director Julian Siggers
 

DEPARTMENT
Preserving Culture

VANISHING TRADITIONS

The Textile Museum at George Washington University recently hosted the collection of Bea Roberts, covering the breadth of Miao clothing and jewelry. 

DEPARTMENT
New Artists, Old Traditions

INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET

Every year Santa Fe becomes the site for a world bazaar, where folk artists from across the globe meet to sell their wares at the International Folk Art Market.


DEPARTMENT
Methodical Magic

BEN DORY

Metalsmith Ben Dory microwelds stainless steel bearing balls into jewelry that mimics a high-tech interpretation of granulation. 

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DEPARTMENT
Keeping It Simple

EASY CLOSEUP PHOTOGRAPHY

Robert K. Liu demonstrates how to take closeup images of metal and silicate jewelry and beads with simple setups of macro lens, extension tube and external flash, comparable to results with stereo microscope.


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