Jewelry and art will collide next week at “Loot: MAD About Jewelry,” the Museum of Arts and Design’s annual six-day exhibition and sale featuring designs from both emerging and established jewelry brands. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the exhibition, with more the 55 artists from more than 21 countries participating. “It’s really a celebration of materials and design directions and craftsmanship culled from the thousands of artists that I look at every year,” said curator Bryna Pomp. “This year I have traveled all over to find some of these artists. I find most of my day is spent reading about jewelry. I read about every sector of jewelry, from fine jewelry to costume, to be able to put everything in context. I follow every blog, every gallery, I look at design schools — all of it.”
In particular, Pomp looks for designers who blur the lines of art and jewelry. “The things that I’m particularly interested in are use of unique materials or more traditional materials done in new ways,” she said.
Among the materials featured among this year’s designers: porcelain, wood, titanium, bronze, semiprecious stones, 3-D printed nylon, rubber, silk, organza, silicone, lamented flowers and paper. “We even have one artist from Buenos Aires who melts down plastic bottles and reshapes them into floral shapes on necklaces,” added Pomp.
Designers at the show include Uta Decker, Monica Castiglioni, Fairchild Baldwin, Casey Sobel, Mary Samoli, Iris Merkle and Harriet Rose Knight.Throughout the duration of the exhibit, which opens on Monday and runs through Oct. 3, all designers will be present at the museum to speak with visitors about the pieces. Additionally, all jewelry will be available for purchase, with prices ranging from $100 to $15,000. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the museum’s exhibition and education programs.
Coinciding with the show, the museum will host a benefit on Monday evening, where the annual Loot awards, given to luminaries in the world of design, will be presented. This year’s honorees are Barbara Tober, the former chairman of the board of trustees for the museum, and watch brand Vacheron Constantin.