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New Directions in Jewellery II is a sourcebook of the most experimental jewelry design today, focusing on innovations in materials, technique, scale and concept as exemplified by the work of over 70 makers. Following the success of New Directions in Jewellery, this second volume showcases the latest developments in the field, and includes all new designers and illustrations, with an even greater international scope.
Focusing on contemporary jewellery as an experimental practice that engages with fine art, craft, design, fashion and popular culture, this book further challenges our conception of adornment. With profiles and brief interviews with jewellers working in a variety of ways-from those who are manipulating the properties of metal to conceptual works that critique the cultural and social meanings that have built up around the wearing and manufacture of jewelry-this book documents the progress of an ever-broadening discipline. Alongside this visual survey are contextualizing essays by specialists in the design, curation and history of jewelry, forming a unique archive of contemporary practice and opinion.
The format of the book is designed to appeal to both the general reader and the jewelry specialist, with thematic sections providing a visual introduction to a wide range of jewelry. The essays, also extensively illustrated, provide a deeper consideration of the expanding experimental areas in contemporary jewelry, with perspectives from some of the key international figures working in jewelry today.
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