In January we put out a call to those interested in a design challenge. We offered up identical boxes of vintage jewellery making supplies from CJS Sales in New York City. Each designer received the same collection and could make whatever they wanted to. The only parameters were:
-You can use the materials you were sent any way you want and with any media.
-Must use 4 pieces of design kit in your finished piece. (1 piece = 1 bead, 1 component, or 1″ of chain)
2nd Place tie: Karen Wright, “Art Deco”. Karen used 15 antique glass cabochons and 3 vintage crystals in her piece along with meters and meters of wire, jump-rings and chain.
Judge’s comments: “An unusual interpretation of a classic Art Deco design. Especially the unexpected use of wire wrapping techniques which gives this piece a lighter, more contemporary feel. An interesting feature in this necklace is that is has 2 distinct focal points, each addressing a different part of the body. Not always an easy thing to achieve. The trio of wrapped amber stones on the top flatters the wearers upper neck and face. While the black drop dangle leads the eye downwards towards the chest area and beyond. The double strand spray of small black beads in between connects it all while creating a classic deco sunburst design.”
Judge’s Comments: “Mixing metals and chain styles works well for this piece and helps give it a quirky, easy going feeling. The wire mesh flower is nicely anchored by the looped end petals, or are they rays or tentacles, creating a bit of a guessing game as to whether the focal is actually meant to represent flora or fauna, or both. The earrings are a perfect accompaniment to the necklace and would look well on their own as well.”
Mona Arnott, Necklace and Earring Set. From the design challenge vintage supplies, Mona used two brass wire flowers, a woven chain and created a pendant using 9 pieces of black glass components and a brass cup.
Judge’s Comments: “Existing individual small black elements have been carefully chosen and cleverly arranged to create a simple but classic focal design. The gloss black is set off nicely by the more satin gold mesh and the choice of the flat chain helps reinforce the focal’s raised look. This piece can seem ancient in design at one moment, like a roman medallion or something art moderne.”
And what would our judge make if she had the same vintage components? These pieces were made by Donna Greenberg, using the same pieces of vintage supplies as our designers from the challenge had. Thank you to all who took part. It was nice to be a part of a group project like this and to see how each artist interpreted the same materials in their own style!