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KERI ATAUMBI

Keri Ataumbi started her artistic career as a painter, then went into jewelry in her late twenties. While of Kiowa heritage, her jewelry, often animal themed, does not announce as Native American, but they speak with loving concern and poignancy of her life, family and heritage. Her collaborations with other artists result in an exciting body of work that is diverse, intriguing and contemplative.


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WAYNE WICHERN

Hatmaker Wayne Wichern’s studios are peopled by hundreds of wooden hat blocks, like rows upon rows of Brancusi sculptures without features. As a custom milliner, with studios in Seattle and Burlingame, California, Wichern has a thriving clientele with a sense of style and life experience. Formerly a ballet dancer, Wichern also teaches hatmaking at top
craft institutions.

FEATURE

KAT COLE

The peripatetic life of Kat Cole has been a primary influence of her steel and enamel jewelry. Each of the six places where she has lived has a distinct cityscape that she translates into her work, reflecting their industrial detritus. Using sheet steel and liquid enamel, often applied in an industrial context, her work is highly geometric, yet light, due to the strength of the material.


FEATURE

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW 2017

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show for 2017 is a magnificent event in which each craftsperson is celebrated for their knowledge and vision. In giving a careful look at ten artists and their work, the nature of this annual show, an institution that has given a platform and a marketplace for craft for now forty-one years, is brought into focus.


DEPARTMENT
Museum News

GLASS ORNAMENTS AT
THE ISRAEL MUSEUM

We show the large and varied array of ancient glass ornaments in the Archaeology Wing of Israel’s largest cultural institution.


DEPARTMENT
Fashion Arts

NATIVE FASHION NOW

A recent exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian speaks to deeper contributions by Native artists to modern fashion than one sees on its glittering surface.

DEPARTMENT
Costume Arts

CHAGALL. FANTASIES
FOR THE STAGE

This modernist painter’s costumes, sketches and designs for stage productions are currently on exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


DEPARTMENT
Design Award

SAUL BELL DESIGN AWARD 2017

The awardees for this year were a mix of striking designs with innovative mechanisms and very intricate work, some reminiscent of medieval art. 


DEPARTMENT
Ethnographic Arts

JEWELERS AT THE INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET

Five talented jewelers at the July 2017 International Folk Art Market are highlighted, among the one hundred fifty artisans from fifty-four countries
who were represented.


Current Articles Volume 40.1


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.

43 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.