A fun way to usher in the new year might be to see the "From Minimal to Bling" show that's on display until January 2nd at The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. This biannual show features the 'best' of American contemporary studio jewelry from artists at various stages of their careers.
One artist in the show whose work caught my eye is Judith Hoyt from New York, who has been making jewelry for over 20 years. A 'collagist', Hoyt fastens found metal directly onto a wooden structure and uses tiny metal rivets to hold the metal in place (you can see the rivets on the perimeter and center of the brooches shown here). Hoyt's brooches look deceptively simple, even primitive, but they're compelling, too.
Hoyt says this about her work: "My collages are about old materials used to create new work depicted in scraps of paper, fabric, and found metal. I rescue metal from alongside the road, pages from old books, and discarded fabrics...."
I love that you can see the barcode on the brooch (above) or the fat content on the nutrition label (below) and even the corrosion of the metal. This combined with the close up of the faces or the bird and the lively colors make the brooches very engaging. You can see more at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery.
Happy New Year and best wishes to you for an inspired, creative, and productive 2010!