CURRENT ISSUE

VOLUME 41.1

Table of Contents

Features

Beadwork Adorns the World.
Telling the Story of Life

Smithsonian Craft Show 2019.
Walk This Way.
The Stuart Weitzman Collection
of Historic Shoes

Departments

Focus:
Wiener Werkstätte Jewelry
Jewelry.
The Body Transformed
Uneasy Beauty. 
Kuna Jewelry. 
Egyptian Zār Jewelry.
Dressed with Distinction.
Garments from Ottoman Syria


From the Editors
Ornament Bookshelf
Ornament News
Passages


 
 
 


COVER

BEADWORK ADORNS THE WORLD

Leslie Clark interviews Marsha C. Bol, former director and curator of the exhibition “Beadwork Adorns the World,” at Santa Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art. This comprehensive show of beadwork and objects with beads was both stunning and demonstrative of the strength of the museum’s own collection, as well as that of other museums and collectors. Bol traveled in the United States and abroad to gather the objects in her search to help tell the story of life.

 

FEATURE

SMITHSONIAN CRAFT SHOW

Carolyn L. E. Benesh brings readers around the Smithsonian Craft Show, a beloved institution that has provided a marketplace for American craft for decades. By giving a bit of insight into the work of several artists, she cements the humanizing influence of the handmade, and the key is connection. Maker and object, craftsperson and client, owner and object form a circle of intimate relationships.

 
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FEATURE

WALK THIS WAY

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell examines the revealing shoe collection of footwear designer Stuart Weitzman, largely gifted by his wife, from purchases at auctions and antique stores. Not deemed a historical collection, it highlights the beautiful and unusual, emphasizing some favorite styles and designers. This shoemaker’s eye is on inspiration and innovation.


 

DEPARTMENT
Enriching Culture

DRESSED WITH DISTINCTION

The Fowler Museum at UCLA shows the beauty and crafting of Ottoman Syrian clothing, revealing the influences of trade on materials and fashion of a more peaceful time in this war-torn country.


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DEPARTMENT
Birthing Modernist Jewelry

FOCUS:
WIENER WERKSTÄTTE JEWELRY

This exhibition at the Neue Galerie speaks to the beginnings of Modernist jewelry, when the boundary between art and craft disappeared.


 
 

DEPARTMENT
Talismans & Temptation

UNEASY BEAUTY

We review an exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum whereby the jewelry creates tension, instead of alleviating it.

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DEPARTMENT
The Body Transformed

JEWELRY:
THE BODY TRANSFORMED

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s comprehensive jewelry show of their own holdings receives incisive commentary and critique.


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DEPARTMENT
Adorned By Nature

KUNA JEWELRY

The Kuna/Cuna Indians of the San Blas Islands use a diverse selection of animal and plant materials in their jewelry, as well as metal and glass components.


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DEPARTMENT
Ritual Adornment

EGYPTIAN ZAR JEWELRY

The Zar ceremony and the jewelry associated with an Egyptian curing ritual are discussed, with a wide assortment of amulets and how they are sometimes defaced as a consequence of the ceremonies.


 
 

Seminal polymer jewelry artist Elise Winters died in March 2019. Here we remember her vibrance and dedication.

DEPARTMENT
Passages

Elise was a strong believer in commitment, perseverance and following your passion, rather then depending on talent alone.

 

Current Articles Volume 41.1


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.

45 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.