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Monday, August 17, 2009

I'm on Vacation!

I'm going on vacation! I'm trekking off for a couple of weeks but, to make up for the days I'm away, here's a dozen jewellers to keep you company. See you back here on September 1st!

Felt for the fingers by Illinois artist Annie Pennington.

Fused plastic bag ring by Belfast's Junkfusion.

"One, Two, Three Pumps: It's You" by Wisconsin's Sarah Holden.

"The Engineer" ring/pendant by the Justified Sinner of Scotland (Dauvit Alexander).

Recursive ring by Germany's Florian Ladstaetter.

Minimalist shapes from Paris jeweller Sebastien Parfait.

From the "bamboo" series by Italy's Elisabetta Fontana.

Coloured concrete rings by Australia's Vikki Kassioras.

"Shadow" rings by California's Lisa Medlen.

Enamel double pods by Germany's Elgin Fischer.

Guggenheim-esque spiral by Puerto Rico's Denise Elizabeth.

Flowers, fowl and fish by New York's October Anniversary.

See you when I get back!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Martina Pontena / Gideon Weisz

Barcelona's Martina Pontena has a winning formula, and it goes something like this:

awesome = [(white fibres / clear glass) * oxidized silver]2

I especially love the pendants.

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Daniel Hiller / Morgan Fischer

A dog and his bone, a rabbit and his carrot, a gargantuan ape and his Ann Darrow... Consider it German jeweller Daniel Hiller's version of the deserted island question: if your head were put on a ring, what would it be paired with?

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Young Joo Yoo / Ilana Krepchin

"The Castle on the Cloud" — coming soon to a theatre near you. Ok, not really, but doesn't it sound just like something Nicholas Sparks would heave upon us? In this case, though, it's the name of this ring by Iowa's Young Joo Yoo, whose collection is filled with lovely architectural pieces (including a lot more castles) and other metalwork.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Jane Gowans / Ileava (Maya Nishimura)

Is a ring still a ring if it can only be worn around the wrist? I'll have to break out the ol' PHIL101 textbook and see what Kierkegaard had to say about that. In the meantime, enjoy sassy UK artist Jane Gowans and her interpretations of "slap," "hold," "hug" and other actions.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Tricia Harding / Sekond Skin

Satisfying our jewellery itch for today is Massachusetts' Tricia Harding and her scratched "abrasion" rings. Inspired by Victorian mourning jewellery and the process of tattooing (which she likens to the process of enamelling), her "Traces" collection studies the scratching, piercing and decorating of skin.

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Karmasmith (Ji Eun Lee) / Ai Jewelry (Aileen Lampman)

Let me send you off into the weekend with some good karma: rings from Karmasmith, aka metalsmith, papersmith and othersmith Ji Eun Lee (a recent SCAD grad).

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Cora Sheibani / Hanan Emquies

The Gugelhopf or Bundt cake may be ring-shaped, but that's not why it's here.

This is why.

In a mind-blowing stroke of genius, London's Cora Sheibani combines two of the very bestest things in the world — jewellery and baking — in one magnificent book, complete with recipes. Preset mouth to drool.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Loring Taoka / Valerian Gagnaire

I've featured cut-out coin rings before but cut-out bills? That's inflation for you.

Check out Texas metalsmith Loring Taoka for objects and jewellery like this season-appropriate "Grills Gone Wild" ring, above.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Brandon Holschuh / Mattana Design

After a little Kate Moss yesterday, here's a bryophyte moss ring — with watering can, no less — by Ohio metalsmith Brandon Holschuh. The word "metalsmith," by the way, seems to be incorrectly wired in my brain; whenever I try to type it, I inevitably hit M, E, A, T, backspace, backspace. Surely, this ring isn't helping matters:

Visit his site for this "roast" ring and more!

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Karen Mabon / Saskia Bostelmann

I never imagined Pete Doherty would make an appearance on this blog but... here we are. Exploring "the meaning of reality in an age of media saturation," UK artist Karen Mabon presents a wry collection featuring pieces constructed from screenprinted plywood. Pictured above are the build-your-own celebrity rings with sundry persons of notoriety.

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