ORNAMENT Volume 32 No. 4


Carter Smith. The Creative Miracle
Tory Hughes. The Path From Nothing to Something
Tokens of Affection and Regard. Photographic Jewelry and Its Makers
Faience. Its Versatility and Variability
Lin Stanionis. The Beauty of Pathos

 

The heart beats more quickly when we take in the kaleidoscopic colors bursting from the lustrous surfaces of Carter Smith’s shibori garments. His works do not evoke calm and tranquillity, but, au contraire, invoke emotional passions and raw desire, stimulating mental and physical energies.

 

How is it that we go from nothing to something,” Tory Hughes asks, her eyes wide with excitement. “I think that’s just amazing.” Despite having made and sold art objects since she was in the sixth grade, the question is one that still captivates Hughes, and is a large part of her work as an artist, teacher, author, and creativity consultant.

 

The swift spread of the daguerreotype—the first photographic reproduction process available to the masses—in America in the 1840s had a dramatic effect on the culture of the time, transforming everything from journalism to pornography.

 

Faience is the silicate used the longest for ornaments, although it is now almost forgotten and overshadowed by glass. Ironically, it is presently under more scrutiny by researchers than ever before.

 

A symbolism of pain, suffering and desire for transcendence pervades the work of metalsmith Lin Stanionis both as a product of engaged reflection on the inescapable mortal coil and as the result of a more detached and intellectual analysis of aesthetic and spiritual forms as diverse as prison tattoos, Baroque vanitas images, Eastern Orthodox Catholic imagery and the art nouveau jewelry of René Lalique.