Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Book Review: 500 Silver Jewelry Designs
To start with....this is a gorgeous book...just like all the 500's. My only disappointment is that there are no pieces made with metal clay....at least none that could be readily identified as such...which is a shame because there are many metal clay artists that I think belong in a book like this. But this is a collection of "top studio artists" and it has a decidely modern art flavor to it.
The pieces run the spectrum from very wearable to those that I couldn't figure out what they were let alone how you would wear it....the '"l'art pour l'art'' pieces....like a silver spinal cord, a ring that takes two hands to wear, a silver wire mohawk.
Like modern art, there are pieces that I really like and others that make me sit and scratch my head. But I find it's the head-scratchers that I keep coming back to...the ones that challenge my views on what makes something a piece of art and what makes it a piece of jewelry. I like having this book in my library for that reason alone.