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Your Personal Style

Posted by learntobead on September 21, 2010

Your Personal Style

It’s always important to develop a personal style within your jewelry creations.   Something that helps people recognize that the jewelry was made by you, and not someone else.   A signature, or signifying element.

This can be a certain choice of colors.   It can be the addition of a special bead to each piece, or special dangle, or special tag.    It can be the use of a custom made clasp.    Or a certain style of construction.  Or the use of certain images, forms or motifs.

Carolyn Morris Bach is a jewelry artist from southern New England.     She has a very strong signature motif she uses:   tiny creatures with solemn or half-smiling, ovoid or moon-shaped faces carved from ivory or gemstones and the like.   Her pieces are mythical and allegorical, yet very contemporary.

She makes it very easy to associate her pieces with her.     This, in marketing terms, is a kind of branding.    When people see these motifs and styles, they automatically begin to associate the jewelry with Carolyn Morris Bach — even if someone else had created the piece.

Here are some of her pieces:

The piece above would be beautiful without the owl.    Or the “owl” element did not have to be a bird motif per se, but could have been anything.     By making that element an owl, and styling the owl as she did, her jewelry comes with her signature.   That’s important for all jewelry designers to do.

You can visit her website:

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LOOT! 2010

Posted by learntobead on September 21, 2010

For The
Museum of Art and Design

In New York City 

Oct 20-26, 2010

Cutting edge jewelry designs, ranging in price between $300. and $30,000, with an average of $2700.

LOOT is MAD’s biennial juried exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary art jewelry, created by acclaimed American and international artists. This year’s event – the first LOOT in the new 2 Columbus Circle Galleries — will be held October 20th- 26th. It will open with a Gala evening preview on Wednesday, October 20th to benefit the Museum’s exhibition and education programs.

A full weekend of programs will accompany the exhibition and sale in the second floor design galleries including curatorial lectures, panel discussions with experts and designers, artists’ talks and workshop demonstrations in the MAD artists’ studios. Special family focused hands-on workshops will be held on the weekend.

For further information please contact Rebekka Grossman at 212.299.7712 or rebekka.grossman@madmuseum.org.

The exhibition and sale continue from Thursday, October 21 to Tuesday, October 26 during regular museum hours.  LOOT will also be open on Monday, October 25 from 11am – 6pm.

Whether you can attend this fund raiser, here are some of the types of pieces you might see.

Emerging Dutch artists


Beppe Kessler


Iris Nieuwenburg






Truike Verdegaal



Native American Artists

Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson



Richard Chavez



Verma Nequatewa


Charles Loloma

Other Emerging Contemporary Jewelry Artists

Pat Flynn

Jennifer Trask

Anastasia Azure

Jocelyn Kolb


Giorgio Vigna


Kiwon Wang



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