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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.

 
In the studio Stevens uses a deburring wheel to soften any sharp edges, and then belt sands one side of the sheet to ‘make the top of the piece super uniform and silky with a matte finish. I like the pieces to look soft and silky,’ she says. The result is a light, textured metallic surface that resembles a piece of satin or lace fabric.
 

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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.


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