ORNAMENT Volume 32 No. 2


Reiko Ishiyama. Floating in Space
Heather Trimlett. A Garden of Glass Delights
Barbara Minor. Expressing Color’s Nuances
Modern Gothic. Undeath in Fashion
Mastering Feltmaking. A Journey to An Open Destination

 

It is a sunny morning in Reiko Ishiyama’s spacious ninth floor studio in New York City. There is traffic noise on the busy streets below—Ishiyama’s studio is located in the bustling garment district—but the horns and sidewalk din are pleasantly muffled by the time they waft up to her wide, panoramic windows.

 

The lively glass beads seem to dance and move with an energy all their own. Bright, often primary colors, portrayed in twists, swirls, dots, and spots, create a cheerful aesthetic for which Heather Trimlett has become well known.

 

No doubt much can be read into the fact that jeweler and metalsmith Barbara Minor stocks her Louisiana studio with more than one hundred fifty hues of powdered enamel.

 

As is often the case, some Europeans embraced, as we do, what they feared in an effort to deal with that fear. It was this preoccupation that would provide the seeds for the modern-day Gothic movement. The Gothic movement was birthed primarily through rock ’n roll music, in Gothic rock during the early 1980s that followed post-punk.

 

Feltmaking is an extraordinary artform that I discovered entirely by accident. In 2005 I needed a career adjustment from apprenticing as an architectural metalworker building large projects for homes and sculptural installations.