AJF Embraces Polymer

AJF Embraces Polymer

Art Jewelry Forum is a strong independent advocacy group for the advancement of art jewelry.  Members are a knowledgeable blend of collectors, gallery owners, curators, makers and various other interested parties.

The AJF web site and blog is rich with all kinds of interesting information and some of the most current thoughts about the field of art jewelry.   The groups’ passion for art jewelry is expressed in all that they do.

Recently, artists who happen to work in polymer and collect polymer art jewelry have been the focus of two interviews.  This has put polymer based jewelry onto the radar screen of AJF.  Polymer is part of the ever expanding list of alternative jewelry materials that are here to stay.

In conjunction with the exhibition “Overlay” at Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, AJF founder, former gallery owner and collector, Susan Cummins interviewed Steven Ford and David Forlano.   While some of their answers will be familiar to those who know of F/F, the conversation provides a basic introduction to their background, the nature of their collaborative effort and what they are thinking about now.  In addition there are a number of images of some less photographed work.  Read the interview.

Damian Skinner, a often provocative writer, curator and another important voice in the Art Jewelry Forum organization, spoke to Elise Winters about her experiences as a collector.   Within the interview Winters addresses why she did not see herself as a typical collector, and of her goals and the collection process.   Winters and Skinner offer a very quick intro to polymer for readers unfamiliar with the medium as well as a discussion about the concept of setting standards.   Find it here.

From either interview it is easy to move into the AJF website and blog.  Both are well worth frequent visits.

I cannot remember a time in my life that I wasn't interested in looking at art, talking about art and the making of art. In 1990 I earned a Phd in art history at the University of Maryland. My first experiences with polymer clay were in 1992, but I consider my real work with the medium to date from 1999.