I'm writing this at Collect 2010, where AJF members on the annual trip are getting an all-access pass to the wonders of contemporary jewelry and the modern global craft fair. Look out for news of what we got up to on the blog and in next month's newsletter. (Unlike Vegas, what happens in London becomes very public indeed!) Meantime, take some time to look at what we're offering this month. Australian writer Kevin Murray asks questions about the future of contemporary jewelry in his essay 'Signs of change', and, speaking of craft fairs, AJF member Rachel Carren reviews SOFA NY and finds some adornment worth paying attention to. And of course we bring you a 'best of' selection from the AJF blog
A LETTER FROM THE AJF BOARD CHAIR
It's graduation time and in the past few
years AJF has taken this opportunity to request images from recent graduates of
the premiere jewelry schools in America. This year we are spreading out the
invitation to the rest of the world. If you know a graduate or a school you think
we should contact, please let our editor Damian Skinner know about them. (email@example.com) In
the next few issues of our newsletter you will be able to see the work of the
next generation of contemporary jewelers.
You will also soon be seeing the
photographs and commentary from the sold out AJF London trip to Collect 2010.
Keep your eyes on the blog.
And speaking of the blog, where are all the
passionate, irate and intelligent responses to our many fascinating posts? Just
click on Comments and get the dialog flowing.
Thanks again to the group of AJF members
who help write for the website and blog, and especially to our editor Damian
Skinner who, as he put it in a recent post, boldly goes where no member of AJF
should ever have to in pursuit of the weird, wild and wonderful world of
Wear something you love today.
|JUST PUBLISHED ON OUR WEBSITE
NEW YORK, NEW YORK! SOFA 2010 REVIEW
by Rachel Carren
New York New York! Reviewing
My time at the New York SOFA show began early Friday morning. The
show is located at the Park Avenue Armory. Click
to read more.
|THE CHANGE WE CAN WEAR |
by Kevin Murra
Since beginning of the twentieth century, modernity has witnessed waves
of innovation. The predominant effect of phenomena such as mass media,
industrial design, and Google has been to broaden access to cultural
to read more.
by Jennifer Cross Gans
This just in from AJF member Jennifer Cross Gans, who reflects on
Arnoldsche's new book Private Passion: Artists' Jewelry of the 20th
, and discovers a new meaning for the phrase 'body of
|SPEAKING OF SCHMUCK |
by Zoe Brand
Here at AJF we have been extremely lucky to
receive a number of reports from Schmuck 2010, the exhibition
and contemporary jewelry free-for-all that takes place in Munich every
to read the full review.
|LINKS TO OUR MANY NEW BLOG POSTS ROCK HARD
submitted by Don Friedlich
"I use diamonds for a variety of reasons. First, as a point of focus and
light within a design that helps define and highlight the form. I almost
always small two millimeter stones..."
Click to read more.
WALKING THE BLACK AND WHITE AREA
by Kevin Murray
While one jewelry world was meeting at the
centre, another was gathering
at the western edge. As the Gray Area
Symposium celebrated the
mixing of North and South in Mexico, the conference titled Resources:
Prospects for Contemporary Jewellery & Object Making in
Australia, revealed a more black and white picture in the world of body
to read more.