Check out these very accomplished jewelry artists whose works are now at Velvet da Vinci as part of the FERROUS show. FERROUS, a chemical term meaning "relating to iron," includes works of over 60 artists who've created jewelry made out of steel, iron and steel alloys.
I've chosen a few works for you that photographed especially well and that cross a variety of styles. These are among the more striking works in the show. Admittedly, I favor those with obvious curb appeal over pure artistic expression.
Iker Ortiz (Mexico): Ring (silver, stainless steel and citrine). Ortiz, who is a third generation jeweler, began his studio in 2004. I love the simplicity of the geometric shapes and the contrast of the yellow citrine with the metals.
Sondra Sherman (United States): Study Valeriana Brooch. Associate Professor in Art Jewelry at San Diego State University. Her work is held in many museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This brooch looks like a complex carving that's sprouting flowers.
Kat Cole (United States): Summit Catalog of Belongings Neckpiece. Cole uses found materials collected in places where she's lived to reflect the unique aspects of each. This neckpiece has a nice playful quality -- simple, light, fun.
David Choi (United Sates): Bracelet (steel) from his graduate portfolio (2011) (State University of New York). The gorgeous color and rugged shape make this an eye-catching piece.
Tore Svensson (Sweden): Tube Ring (etched and painted steel). Svensson's work, or what he refers to as his "sculptures," reflect his love of geometry, working with steel or iron and painting. I love the color contrast here.
Did you ever think that iron and steel jewelry could be so pretty? I'm not sure that I would have made that association before viewing the pieces in this show.
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