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linda threadgill: rosette series

Freshly fallen snow this morning (an April Fool’s joke perhaps?) finds me longing for hints from Mother Nature that Spring is really here.

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Looking at Linda Threadgill’s fanciful metal, multi-layered brooch’s from her Rosette series gave me a much needed burst of color and hope – they are so vibrant and bold!  Beautiful layering of texture, pattern, color and shape.

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Threadgill coordinated the metals program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for twenty five years. Now retired and living in Santa Fe, she is a full time studio artist.

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“I find many aspects of ornament compelling. The stylization of nature, motifs that are enhanced through repetition, the constraints of symmetry and other design strategies on natural forms, the use of pattern as a way to measure time, as well as ornament’s ability to mask or create illusions are all the focus of my work. Most recently I have added an exploration of color and layering to the textured surfaces I have always used.”

 

Linda Threadgill’s website

jason gamrath revisited

I first posted about Jason Gamrath in 2012, as he was beginning to burst onto the glass art scene. I wasn’t kidding when I said he was one to watch. His recent Venus Fly Trap and Pitcher Plant collection is luscious.

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At first glance you notice that Gamrath’s sculptures of flowers and plants are lovely. Sure. But wait. WAIT. In most of the images you don’t get a good sense of the size of the sculptures – and it’s the size that sets these beauties apart. The Columbine sculptures pictured below? 8 feet tall. Oh.My.Goodness.

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You cannot fully appreciate this work until you see the creations installed.

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The artist and his Venus Fly Trap

 

Jason Gamrath’s website 

Previous post on DAM about Gamrath

bergnerschmidt: strong but sensitive concrete

How do you shift the viewer to feel warm and fuzzy about jewelry created with a material that is generally known to be cold, heavy and harsh?

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Tiled Cufs, cement

 

You do it by writing this description on your About page:

 

owner’s handbook
 
i am a concrete piece of jewelry.
i am strong but sensitive.
i am very superficial
and i do care a lot about my superficial area.
i will develop scratches and color changes
according to your handling.
after a certain time you will be able to see myself
growing a beautiful patina.
i like to be the centre of attention,
please take me out and show me around.
i am heavy stuff and there is nothing much you
can do about my weight.
just wear me with attitude!
i don’t love things such as water, heavy luggage,
external pressure and the fall from a great hight.
if you take me to the gym or get me in fights
our friendship could suddenly come to an end.
to make a long story short,
i just like to be handled with care!

 

Brilliant move by BergnerSchmidt. Kudos.

 

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Obelisk Rings, cement

 

Lily Bergner and Elisabeth Schmidt studied fashion design together at the University of Applied Science in Berlin. In 2009 they started their own label and began to make concrete jewelry.

 

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TownHouse Cuffs, cement

 

Known for its clean, cool aesthetic, Bergner and Schmidt handcraft each piece of white, black and grey concrete in their collections, heeding the old adage ‘less is more’.

 

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Town Rings, cement

 

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Flat Cuffs, cement

 

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TownHouse Rings, cement

 

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Curved Cuffs, cement

 

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Cuffs, cement

 

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From the website: “Towards the cliché – concrete is cold, hard and heavy – they present the material from another side. Their concrete jewelry is delicate, smooth and light. It breathes and changes with the person who wears it.”

 

BergnerSchmidt’s website
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