Table of Contents
Our Long Human Journey. The Middle East Galleries at Penn Museum
Preserving Culture. Vanishing Traditions. Textiles and Treasures from SW China
New Artists, Old Traditions.
International Folk Art Market 2018
Methodical Magic. Ben Dory’s Granulation in Stainless Steel
Keeping It Simple. Easy Closeup Photography
From the Editors
One Bead, One World
Diana F. Pardue describes the stunning lapidary designs of architecturally trained jeweler Richard Chavez, from San Felipe Pueblo. Minimalist yet monumental, Chavez’s jewelry utilizes bold and contrasting combinations of stones. He employs unusual specimens, such as black and green jade, to eloquently depict imagery both abstract and representational.
Jo Lauria interviews Melissa Leventon, co-curator of the exhibition, “Fit for a Queen,” currently showing at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, on the collaboration between Queen Sirikit of Thailand and the Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain to assemble her wardrobe for state occasions. The Queen’s efforts to promote Thai textiles saw a subtle marriage between West and East.
Patrick R. Benesh-Liu invites readers to flip through time and space as he brings Ornament to the most extraordinary museum event of 2018, “Burning Man” at the Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. This landmark exhibition introduces the greater public to the history of Burning Man, and the fantastical art projects, costumes, props, and decorations that transform the sands of the Nevada desert into a creative paradise.
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell takes us on a journey through the early twentieth-century effort to end the hunting of birds for fashion. As told by the New-York Historical Society’s recent exhibition, she details how the mass exploitation of wild birds for their plumage prompted an international movement to stop this practice. This coalition had many founders, among them the Audobon Society.
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.
New Artists, Old Traditions
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.
The Textile Museum at George Washington University recently hosted the collection of Bea Roberts, covering the breadth of Miao clothing and jewelry.
Metalsmith Ben Dory microwelds stainless steel bearing balls into jewelry that mimics a high-tech interpretation of granulation.
Keeping It Simple
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
Current Articles Volume 40.4
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