Category: Aesthetic Comments

It’s All in the Details

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It is difficult to view a sumptuously decorated medieval manuscript without being amazed by the high level of craftsmanship.  The creation of an illuminated prayer book, such as the celebrated, Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, would have involved many skilled artists and artisans such as a scribe or scribes, a supplier of vellum, a book binder as well as those to design and tool the cover, which often was leather and sometimes encrusted with gems. 

Rachel’s Eye on Design: Imitative Sampler Necklace

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What do you do when you have an assortment of special beads that you finally have decided to use? Stringing up a necklace of disparate beads to achieve an attractive result is no easy feat. Yet, Victoria Hughes makes it look simple in this short, recently assembled sampler necklace that combines polymer with bits and pieces of other materials. Often items of jewelry have a decided focal point which highlights a particular section of the piece. In Tory’s necklace there is no single focal point and the center is a held by small turquoise bead. Since this is a piece

Rachel’s Eye on Design: Love Bottle

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There is a lingering perception in our culture that wonderful art results from a spontaneous moment of inspiration. Although this may be true for some works of art, generally there is a substantial body of work and knowledge behind the artist that serve as the foundation for such success. Unlike centuries prior where skills were acquired over years of training, we live in a time of rapid communication and change in which people frequently expect quick results. Yet, the true mastery of any art medium is generally the result of much time spent looking, learning, practicing skills and evaluating one’s

Rachel’s Eye on Design: Caned Cuff Bracelet

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The appeal of a kaleidoscope is its capacity to offer a constantly changing view from the same set of components.  For Sarah Shriver, the possibility of perpetual change from a single starting point suggests an inspiration for her intricate compositions.  In her elasticized cuff bracelet, one’s initial sense is of an amalgamation of coordinated, but disparate parts.  With multiple patterns and two differently scaled sets of tiles, it would be easy to lose focus.  So, how does she make it all work together so well?

Rachel’s Eye on Design: Carved Chatoyant Bead Necklace

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The elements of design are present in all fabricated objects, although we rarely stop to consider them.  A stylistic analysis of a hand crafted piece of jewelry, a manufactured chair or product packaging may seem strange, but one can evaluate each of them with the same care and language as one might use to discuss a painting or piece of sculpture in a museum.  The basic design elements of line, form, color and texture are important components of the creative process.  And, although each has a separate function within a given piece, they generally work together in a fully integrated