MAD New York

One of my favourite New York museums is the Museum of Art and Design (or MAD for those in the know). When I was here a few years ago they has a phenomenal exhibition called Radical Knitting and Subversive Lace – a kooky enough memory to search out this museum again. Turns out in the intervening years MAD has moved into the fancy new building above.

I was lucky enough to be there while a jewellery exhibition was on. Now, bear in mind that not many of these were meant to be warn; I guess they are more a convenient format for some art. So, here are three of my favourites:

This is Golden Wings (part of the Clockwork Love series) by Frank Tjepkema. I think I like it because of the link to clockwork; it turns a frivolous but pretty piece of jewellery (after all, jewellery is nothing if not frivolous and pretty*) into something with a hidden functional meaning.

Golden Wings from Clockwork Love Series

This is a series of broaches called String of Pearls with a Gold Clasp by Kim Buck. Its a clever use of negative space, telling you all that you need to know by taking the object away. I also find it entertaining that no one could ever wear this and get the full story, it would just be an abstract square with some indentations.

String of pearls with gold clasp

Necklace for National Mourning II by Edward Lane McCartney below I found surprising. I instantly dismissed it as I walked past as a silly thing, just an oversized and not even that pretty necklace (the diameter was about the size of me). But since my whanau were taking their sweet time looking around, I had cause to take a second look. Turns out it was entirely made up of small army men, tanks and planes painted gun metal grey. Actually quite cool.

Necklace for national mourning

 

Necklace for national mourning - close up

 

 

* To buy some frivolous but pretty of your own just click here!

Heart Necklace

A few days ago I was so overjoyed by sun returning to London that I thought I would share some of my happiness. So… here comes the runawaykiwi competition to win one of my beautiful sterling silver necklaces!

It is now snowing again, but the competition continues. To enter just ‘like’ my Facebook page and comment on this status with the place you always wanted to travel to.

Because after all, jewellery is way better then sunshine.

The winner will be drawn on Friday the 12th.