ORNAMENT Volume 33 No. 5

The Cowboy Boot. How to Make an American Legend
Jon Havener. Energy in the Abstract
The Animal Outside Us All. Fursuiting and the Furry Culture
Celebrating 70. Seventy Jewelers, Seventy Challenges
David Watkins. The Precise Aesthetic
Icelandic Viking Age Beads. Their Origin and Characteristics


It is impossible to overestimate the allure, the mystique, the lasting popularity of cowboy boots. Even though most people who wear them have rarely or never seen the backside of a horse, cowboy boots grab the imagination and persist in holding on to a star-studded, fabled status.   -By Leslie Clark


After more than thirty years of engaging in such a pursuit, metalsmith and University of Kansas professor Jon Havener has lost none of his enthusiasm. From his large-scale public sculptures to his more intimate copper and stainless-steel brooches, his compositions display the evidence of obsession.


It is not really possible to define exactly what is a “furry.” Like a spectrum, those who relate to the furry community cover as broad a range as people themselves. A wiki site created by the community states at its most basic, “Someone who says they are furry is generally expressing an interest in anthropomorphic animals and/or creatures”. For some creative furries, the act of making physical costumes is a natural extension, or alternate expression, of drawing anthropomorphic animals.


“And so I had the idea of inviting seventy artists to each pick a year during my lifetime and make a piece of jewelry based on that year. I invited artists who have something to do with the gallery."


The artist David Watkins believes that everything to be said about a piece of jewelry lies in the work itself. “Otherwise, why bother doing it?” he says. The artist speaks in her or his chosen artform because, “you don’t have any other way of expressing yourself.”