Thursday, July 14, 2011

Online Ganoksin Exhibition Feature - "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder"

 My wire wrapped ring called "The Black Flower," made using 100% hypoallergenic Niobium wire, a mother of pearl button, and vintage black flower button, is featured in this online exhibition of jewelry items all made without using precious materials.  Here are a few photos of my featured ring: 

There are some amazingly beautiful items featured - and all are made without using gold, silver, or platinum.   Here is the press release regarding the online exhibition.  I hope that you will check it out and share with others!   ~ Amanda Jensen

 Online Exhibition: "Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder"

   "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder" showcases 247 images chosen
   from entries from over 55 artists representing North America, South
   America, Europe, Australia, Central America, Africa and Eurasia.

   The drive to adorn the human body is surely as old as human kind.
   From pre-historic times this drive has led humans to use the
   materials at hand, combined with the technologies and tools
   available, to create objects to adorn the human body. The oldest
   jewelry found to date goes back to at least 75,000 years ago in

   Early jewelry was made of bones, shells, sticks, and whatever other
   materials the people could find and shape. Over time the ability to
   mine and shape metal developed, and jewelry was made from bronze,
   silver, gold, platinum and other metals. Gold has long been thought
   of as a "precious" metal, and today it is joined by silver and
   platinum as the three main materials modern jewelry is made from.

   While much jewelry today is made from these three main metals, a
   large body of jewelry world-wide is still made from a much wider
   range of materials. This exhibition, "Beauty is in the Eye of the
   Beholder", focuses on jewelry made primarily of materials other than
   gold, platinum and silver.

   Jewelers today are still using found objects such as shell and bone;
   they are using "green" materials - upcycled and recycled objects and
   materials; they are using cutting edge plastics and newly developed
   technology; and they are using older metals such as copper, brass
   and bronze.

   Some of the more unusual materials include vinyl LP's, velvet, VCR
   components, rattlesnake vertebrae, corian, canvas, paper, crab
  claws, magnets, synthetic rubber electrical insulation tubing, and
   aluminum grounding wire.

   More traditional materials used include copper, bronze, brass,
   glass, various types of wood, gemstones, pearls and seeds.

   Techniques range from traditional metalsmithing, through a range of
   beading techniques, textile techniques, photography techniques and
   cutting edge industrial fabrication.

   Participants range from professional jewelers with international
   reputations to students just learning their craft.

   Hosted on the Ganoksin website, the world's largest internet site
   devoted to jewelry- related topics, the exhibition is a snapshot of
   what jewelers around the world are exploring, and an inspiration to
   all. The exhibition was conceived Beth Wicker, an artist from South
   Carolina, in the USA, and curated by Beth and Hanuman Aspler, founder
   of the Ganoksin Project.

   Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder

   For more information about the Exhibition please contact: Beth Wicker or Dr. E. Aspler (Hanuman)

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