We talk a lot about the business of jewelry, art, and design at MentorWerx. But we never forget for one moment that the heart of the business is the creativity, the solitary artist contemplating his or her materials, thoughtfully expressing their vision in multiple dimensions. So we think it's important to also bring to you books and experiences that enrich your creativve self.
The American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) is currently doing an exhibition at the Gemological Institute of America (Carlsbad, CA), called "Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Designs from the AJDC." Open to the public, the exhibition has recently been extended through March 17, 2017.
The exhibition features a selection of works from various annual AJDC Design Projects from the very first theme, in 1996 to 2013. Annually, the council asks each of its members to create a design project, interpreting a single concept or theme; the final product is a collection of unique jewelry pieces joined by a solitary concept. Past themes include simple conceptual elements such as “Water”, “Spiral”, “Ice”, and “Flight” imagined into breathtaking masterpieces made of precious metals, gemstones and unexpected materials.
If you can't go see the work in person — and even if you can! — we think the exhibition catalog is something everyone should own. The catalog is a visual delight, filled with rich imagery of the AJDC works. It's also a tactile delight! From the heavy weight of the paper to the texture of the pages, once you open the catalog you will be immersed in the exploration of design.
You can order your copy directly from the AJDC for $24.99 plus $6 shipping (it's heavy!!). Give yourself (or someone you love!) the gift of inspiration, while providing support to an incredible organization. Trust us - you won't be able to put it down!