ORNAMENT Volume 37 No. 1

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Celie Fago. One twig, one hinge, one book at a time.
Newspaper Fashion. Wearing Headlines
Pat Pruitt. Prototype to Perfection
Suzi Click. An Eclectic Cross-Cultural Style
Savannah College of Art & Design
Jewelry Arts.
Variations on A Theme
Fiber Arts. 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
Retrospective. Ken Loeber
Ethnographic Jewelry. Rattan, Bamboo, Coral and More

 
 
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When asked about how she develops her designs, Celie Fago states that the process is nonlinear—“I’m not methodical in that way,” she says. She works in what she calls “painfully small increments,” one aspect of an idea leading to another, “one little embellishment to the  next.”

 

Newspaper costumes have been worn by women,men and children for nearly two hundred years. Daily newspapers developed in the eighteenth century and became increasingly common during the nineteenth century. The growing prevalence of printed news generated public familiarity with the format and provided ample raw material for newspaper costumes.

 

It starts with a sketch and then it is followed by several more. One or two might be selected and refined to make an item of jewelry, a vase, a unique piece. This is a glimpse of the creative process of Pat Pruitt. Although he learned traditional silverworking techniques as a teenager, Pruitt’s later training in mechanical engineering led him to understand the properties of stainless steel and titanium, adapting them first to body piercing jewelry and then to more
conventional jewelry forms.

 

Scratch the surface of Suzi Click’s daily penchant for donning delightfully layered and multicultural “hippie chick” attire, and there is a mature artist with an international outlook and a well-honed design perspective.

 

Established in 1978 in southeast Georgia, the Savannah College of Art & Design’s purpose was to provide professional artistic training to the residents of the surrounding region, and form a locus from which to branch and create more campuses to expedite this goal globally. The school took an interesting approach to building its physical structure. Instead of constructing new edifices, SCAD had historic buildings and landmarks from around the town of Savannah renovated into new lives as classrooms. To this day, this practice is followed in its other three locations, Atlanta, Lacoste in France, and Hong Kong, and its students and faculty are themselves involved in the renovation process.