Was: Smithonian jury results
I am a metalsmith and I make items that are practical to wear. Yes it is fun to see some far flung items that I would call jewelry but they are something that can actually be worn. This is half the reason I buy Metalsmith at the bookstore. So I can see if it is worth my hard earned money for something worth wild or just flattened silver serving pieces.
I have mixed feelings about conceptual work. I do like pushing out
the edges and seeing it done. I think it expands our world. Much of
what we all love today was once unacceptable conceptual work. Think
about the Impressionists…poor Van Gogh. He sold 2 paintings in his
I agree with many who have expressed their frustration with work
that is wild and “out there” but unwearable. But I also resent that
conceptual work gets so much more “press” then jewelry that can be
worn. I can come up with all sorts of wild ideas, but it’s
unwearable. I think making a wild idea-wearable now that’s the
trick. And one that needs to be rewarded. That is where the real
skill lies. Making that interface between the jewelry and the wearer.
Making a piece comfortable, durable, and beautifully designed is the
real challenge and frankly where so much skill lies (lays?).
I have ordered the 500 Necklace book. I can hardly wait to see page
375 & 389.