Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Let's Get Highfalutin'

My jewelry-making is right smack-dab in the 'craft' area. Wouldn't it be nice if I had enough talent and know-how to become an artiste? Then I'd be able to travel the world and gaze upon these gorgeous works of art. With a plane ticket and the price of admission, we can all become artsy-fartsy jewelry connoisseurs.

First we'll fly to England and check out the Victoria & Albert Museum's jewellery exhibits. Hey, that's how they spell it in Britian, don't blame me. And yes, that's exhibits with an 's'. As an added bonus, you must check out their What is craft? page. For this you don't need a passport or plane ticket. Here's a quote:
Edmund de Waal

'Craft is a starting place, a set of possibilities.
It avoids absolutes, certainties, over-robust definitions, solace.
It offers places, interstices, where objects and people meet.
It is unstable, contingent.
It is about experience. It is about desire.
It can be beautiful.'

While we're in London, we should stop off at the National Maritime Museum where they have a collection of nautical jewelry-- mostly pocket watches but some pins, pendants and bracelets.

What's that you say? You are not legally allowed to leave the United States? Well, luckily for you there are a exhibits right here in the good ole USA showcaseing beautiful jewelry.

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT is showing an exhibit called Bijoux: The Origins and Impact of Jewelry. Not too far away, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is showing Jewels, Gems and Treasures. Anybody near me who can drive want to make a weekend trip of these two exhibits? I mean, anyone near me who can drive who isn't a serial killer/rapist crazy person.

Lastly, we can check out the jewelry of New Zealand without having to beat off kiwis and Tasmanian devils. Just Packer fans. At the Racine Art Museum there's the Pocket Guide to New Zealand Jewelry.

Are we ready? Let's go get us some refinement! But first, check out this lovely exhibit at my Etsy where you can buy some class. Low class, that is.

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