Earrings: The Crickets 2009 - Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Bamboo, titanium, shellac

A symphony of crickets

In china the sound of the crickets is highly valued. It is said to stimulate creativity and keep the audition vital. Therefore many Chinese keep crickets in their homes. The crickets are held in not seldom beautifully made containers where they get served a healthy diet consisting of for example apples, rice and swine liver. All crickets do not naturally have a beautiful tone. This can a cricket tuner set right by carefully putting a drop of resin on the crickets wings. With a large number of tuned crickets the owner can if he or she wishes, form an entire orchestra of crickets.

Karin Roy Andersson, Sweden

“Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder” is a visual trip through contemporary jewelry design from around the world, focused on some surprising material choices. This exhibition features work by jewelry artists who are exploring the concept of jewelry as wearable art using a wide range of materials, many not commonly thought of as “jewelry” materials. One of the driving goals of the exhibition is to show the quality and range of work that can be created using materials other than the “big three” - platinum, gold and silver. While these may be used as accents in the work, they do not compose the primary material.

Design choices drive material choices, and the entries in this exhibition show the tremendous range of possible materials which can be used to create cutting edge jewelry. Materials used range from metals used for thousands of years, such as copper and bronze, to “new” metals such as titanium, to natural materials such as vertebrae and wood, to surprising man-made materials such as plastic drinking straws and colored pencils.

This truly international exhibition features work from every continent and many sub-continents. Artists range from mature artists with international reputations to students still learning their craft. Many of these artists focus on the use of “green” materials, and explore the re-use or “upcycling” of materials into wearable art.

It is our hope that viewers will enjoy the exhibition and be inspired to stretch the limits of what they perceive as acceptable materials in jewelry.