Table of Contents
Beadwork Adorns the World.
Telling the Story of Life
Smithsonian Craft Show 2019.
Walk This Way.
The Stuart Weitzman Collection
of Historic Shoes
Wiener Werkstätte Jewelry
The Body Transformed
Egyptian Zār Jewelry.
Dressed with Distinction.
Garments from Ottoman Syria
From the Editors
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.
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.
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.
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.
Birthing Modernist Jewelry
WIENER WERKSTÄTTE JEWELRY
This exhibition at the Neue Galerie speaks to the beginnings of Modernist jewelry, when the boundary between art and craft disappeared.
Talismans & Temptation
We review an exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum whereby the jewelry creates tension, instead of alleviating it.
The Body Transformed
THE BODY TRANSFORMED
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s comprehensive jewelry show of their own holdings receives incisive commentary and critique.
Adorned By Nature
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.
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.
Elise was a strong believer in commitment, perseverance and following your passion, rather then depending on talent alone.
Current Articles Volume 41.1
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
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
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.