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AJDC 2005 New Talent Winner Announced

American Jewelry Design Council 2005 AJDC New Talent Contest Winner

The American Jewelry Design Council is a non-profit organization
dedicated to supporting and nurturing emerging jewelry designers. As
part of this effort, the AJDC holds an annual competition, searching
for a New Designer to present at the Jewelers of America summer
trade show in New York City.

Patricia Madeja is the winner for 2005, and will be awarded a booth
in the New Designer area of the JA New York Show and an original
sculpted trophy by an AJDC member, launching her entree into the
designer jewelry market.

A graduate of the Pratt Institute with a BFA degree, Patricia has
experience in jewelry design, creation, and education, having
developed her own collection of handmade jewelry; assisted Robert
Lee Morris as studio manager; and taught at the Pratt Institute, the
Islip Art Museum, and developed and taught a jewelry program for
marginalized children in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

Alan Revere, AJDC New Talent Contest chair, has this comment
regarding Patricia’s jewelry, “Her work is innovative, intriguing
and ready for the international market at the JA Show. Patricia
combines geometry and rhythm to create beautiful contemporary

Madeja has accumulated numerous jewelry design accolades including
the Niche Award, Saul Bell Design Award winner, Best in Competition
in the Lapidary Journal Jewelry Arts Award, and a winner of Accent
Magazines’ Sterling Design Competition.

She describes her jewelry in this way;

“Inspiration for my work is derived from geometric forms and
architectural structures. The elements of symmetry, balance and
proportion in combination with minimally ornamented forms are the
essence of each design. Movement becomes an integral part of each
three dimensional construction. This movement can be as subtle as a
floating pearl in a delicate cage or as intricate and complex as the
systems that link wire triangles creating motion analogous to a
Slinky. This design concept creates pieces that are playfully
dynamic both on and off the body.”

Contact Patricia directly at;

Patricia Madeja
735 Bay 7th Street
West Islip, NY 11795
callahanmadeja at earthlink dot net

For additional about the American Jewelry Design
Council, please visit

Paul Klecka, Media Contact, AJDC
8 South Michigan
Suite 2203
Chicago, IL 60603
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