ORNAMENT Volume 38 No. 1

Rebecca Myers Branching Out From the Natural World.
Daniel DiCaprio With and Against the Grain.
Smithsonian Craft Show 2015.
Sara Owens Inspiring Wonder.
Questions/Answers Dennita Sewell.
Costume Arts Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.
Ancient Jewelry Intact Ancient Jewelry. Precolumbian Ingenuity.
Glass Arts Maryland to Murano. Neckpieces and Sculptures by Joyce J. Scott.
Jewelry Arts Cara Romano.
Jewelry Photography Experiments with Lighting Sources.



David Updike details the transformation undergone by jeweler Rebecca Myers in recent years stemming from an encounter with nature. Delving into her history as well as the present in the form of her current work, he posits a vision of multitudinous paths that have come together to define this metal artist. Having shifted from the geometric to the organic, Myers has arrived at a realized and evolved incarnation of herself.


Glen R. Brown finds in his conversation with jeweler and artist Daniel DiCaprio an unusual opportunity to concentrate on the art itself. Brown partners with DiCaprio in examining the materials, explaining the uses of various woods such as ebony, lignum vitae, holly, and apple, with their particular qualities necessitating the employment of different techniques. He continues with the concepts behind the work, the influences and inspirations, and why DiCaprio decided to make brooches which lift off from the body. All in all, as DiCaprio himself explains, it’s not about the material. It’s about the art.


Carolyn L. E. Benesh gives us a glimpse into the Smithsonian Craft Show through the lens of personal experience. This longstanding and highly celebrated event brings the best of American craft to the public, and the artists within are as fascinating portraits of humanity as the beautiful and engaging work they produce. The background of the craftsperson, and thereby the narrative behind each piece of jewelry, sculpture, clothing, or functional object in the show, is the source of their vital energy.


Robin Updike takes a trip through minutiae and data to paint an intricate portrait of jewelry artist Sara Owens. As one inspired by the very long-winded question of how things came to be, Owens finds beauty within the process of functional design. The bone, the cell, the biological processes of development become the objects of study in Owens’s brooches, rings and necklaces. Seeking to involve herself within “the process” in every part of her life, Owens explores her personal expression through the journey rather than the destination.