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Ara Kuo

Posted by learntobead on October 25, 2011

Ara Kuo



Ara Kuo is a young jewelry artist from Taiwan.    She displays a very whimsical sense of design in her pieces.

Visit her website to see more of her pieces.

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Robert Ebendorf – Mixed Media

Posted by learntobead on October 25, 2011

Robert Ebendorf – Mixed Media Jewelry Artist


Robert Ebendorf uses unusual objects like soda pop tabs, crab claws, squirrel paws, silver spoons to create his unique and unconventional jewelry.

At Gallery Loupe, they have a retrospective of his pieces posted online.

It’s always fun to re-purpose things, and play with different media and materials.  However, it is often difficult to mix media and materials into a successful, satisfying piece of jewelry.



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Asagi Maeda – Art Jewelry

Posted by learntobead on October 25, 2011

Asagi Maeda – Art Jewelry




Asagi’s favorite motive is the Box, or the Box as container.    Often he creates little “scenes” and encases them in an acrylic box.   The box becomes a component in a larger piece of jewelry.

His works are what you would call “Amusing”.    And amusement is one of his primary goals.

Each piece has a story.    The story is told like a play on a stage.


His “box” motif represents something inside and something outside.     He tries to build the “emotions” or “theme” or “energy” within the confines of the box.    The viewer experiences these by experiencing the jewelry outside of his box.

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Daniel Porter Stevens – Metal Smith

Posted by learntobead on October 25, 2011

Daniel Porter Stevens – Metal Smith

I had recently read an article showcasing the work of Daniel Porter Stevens.    The reviewers were talking about his sense of “line”.

“Line” is an important jewelry design element — one of the most important things the designer needs to control.

Line establishes a “silhouette” — it delineates a part of the body above it and below it.

The curvature or straightness of the line evokes a wide range of feelings and emotions on the part of the viewer.

Sometimes the line is like an arrow pointing the viewer’s attention to one place over another.

Lines can be blurry or sharp.

Lines can be rigid, or the designer can somehow “break” the line.

Lines are important.


Visit Daniel’s website and look at his slide-shows of his jewelry.


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Creative Mentoring – Andrea Rosenfeld

Posted by learntobead on October 25, 2011

Creative Mentoring – Andrea Rosenfeld



I recently came across an article Andrea Rosenfeld had written about Creative Mentoring.   I thoroughly enjoyed the article, her extremely clear and accessible writing style, and was very interested in taking a little internet road trip to her website.

How do you take your passion and your art work to an audience?    I deal with this type of question from our students and customers almost every single day.

She offers many ideas and many services.     I suggest reading some of her articles are articles by “visiting creatives”  for special insights.



Articles to Grow By





Broadcast Louder helps Artists supercharge their creative business, starting them on the path to more visibility and more sales

Playing it Safe in Your Studio

Time Management Strategies That Play Nice

Marketing your Art Business using Retail and Wholesale Sneezers and Brand Advocates

10-Tips to Stay Organized and Increase Creativity

Are You Vibrating Yet? Here’s Why You Should Flip Your “ON” Switch

Are you an Expert or an Experimenter? Your sales strategy depends on your answer

Is Your Website Scaring People Away?

Visual Art Copyrighting Basics

Looking For Trade Show Stories For Upcoming Article (Interactive Article)

How to Create a Healthy Relationship With Money to Gain More

Dear Creative – DON’T do-it-yourself!

Should You Create Art or Create to Sell?

Court Your Stores

Dear Creative, Don’t Do It Yourself

Who is Your Customer, Who Are You?

Would You Dance? *how do you handle adversity?

Look Up! You’re Missing Life! 

Five Important Things to Know Before Doing a Store Show 

Collaboration is KEY to Artistic Growth 

Why We Need Art 

Tips a Jewelry Artist Can Use to Survive the Economy (or any Creative, for that matter) 



WordPress for Beginners

WordPress for the Savvy

WordPress: Who’s Sharing Your Content and Increase Blog Performance

Ready for wholesale? Find out with this MUST-HAVE Checklist

Grow Your Business Through Charitable Giving

Tips For Running a Successful Small Business Publicity Campaign

Why You Should Join Local Art Associations to Increase Your Art Business

How to Bounce Back from Disappointment and Manage Your Thoughts

Jewelry Artist’s Guide to Diamond Buying (Part One- Beginner)




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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Posted by learntobead on October 25, 2011

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Online International Jewelry Exhibit
55 artists

Cintra Harbach




Ginny Benton

This exhibit highlights jewelry made from materials other than gold, platinum or silver.    Many use found objects.    There are many “green” objects and materials.

Jill Morrison

Jewelry is defined as wearable art using a variety of materials.

Melanie West

You will see such materials as copper, brass and bronze.   Vinyl, velvet, machine components, bone, plastics, rubber, magnets, aluminum, wire, wood, plant seeds, pearls, and gemstones.

Shu Hsuan Tu

This exhibit shows a tremendous range of the possible.

Nancy Overmyer

You can see the full exhibit online.



Sarah Kelly


Louve and Don Coulson


Burcu Buyukunal


Wired Elements


Patricia Alvarez


Valerie Ostenak


Louise Gore Langton


Valerie Ostenak


Sheila Schwede






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SNAKES – Claire Kahn

Posted by learntobead on October 25, 2011


“Snakes” are popular jewelry themes and forms.

Claire Kahn

The undulating body form.
The sharp, threatening teeth.
The relationship to the Adam and Eve story.
The use of the snake in various cultural myths and mythologies.
The patterning of the skin.

Claire Kahn

The snake evokes something primal within us.    It has an aesthetic that we all recognize and share, perhaps sensuous, perhaps threatening, yet always steeped in beauty.


Claire Kahn

Many of our students and customers love making snakes.     Snake necklaces.  Snake bracelets.  Snake cuffs.  Snake rings.

Claire Kahn


Claire Kahn‘s work recently caught my eye.





Claire Kahn

Her website displays many beautiful, detailed images of her pieces.


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Cristobal Balenciaga

Posted by learntobead on October 25, 2011

Cristobal Balenciaga


Cristobal Balenciaga was a Spanish fashion designer who began selling fashion and accessories aroun 1919, but came into prominence in the 1950’s.   He’s known for building in very broad shoulders into jackets, blouses and gowns.    He also brought into fashion the Tunic Dress, and the high Empire Waist dress and gown.

He was a hands-on designer, making many of his own clothing, as well as jewelry.

He was considered one of the all-time great couturiers.    His pieces are very collectible.

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LOOT 2011

Posted by learntobead on October 25, 2011

LOOT 2011
Museum of Art & Design, New York City

Sarah Abrahmson

LOOT 2011 is Mad’s annual fund raising jewelry exhibition, which occurred last week.    Here are some of the pieces of jewelry that were for sale.

Sara Basch


Bona Ha


Danielle Gori-Montanelli




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SODAmore 2011: Contemporary Art Jewelry

Posted by learntobead on October 25, 2011

SODAmore Summer 2011: Contemporary Art Jewellery






SODA is a relatively new international jewelry exhibition held this past summer in Istanbul.   There are so many, many wonderful ideas and designs by over 70 artists.   Their main webpage shows many examples, as does Google Images.

Michihiro Sato

These selections are good places to explore for ideas about using different materials, components and arrangements.   You see the Creative.  You see the Unconventional.  You see Current Trends in Jewelry.

Sele Ozus


Zwetelina Alexieva


Ritsuko Oqura



Tanel Veenre



Nikolay Sardamov


Ozay Emert



Burcu Buyukunal


Ara Kuo





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