Art Jewelry Forum Creates Coffee-Stain Pins

Mill Valley, CA–Representing those long hours spent designing, the Art Jewelry Forum has commissioned American jeweler Arthur Hash to create a limited-edition pin for their organization. The motif? Coffee cup stains.

The signed and numbered pins are being distributed to all 2011 new and renewing AJF members as an exclusive membership benefit. The organization hopes to create a series of annual, exclusive collectible pins created by artists, and this is the first.

Limited Edition Pins

Hash’s pins for AJF are based on the silhouettes of coffee stains. Once fabricated in metal, these two dimensional objects become permanent and wearable. “Every morning I’d lay out paper on surfaces in my apartment. Everywhere I would set down my cup I would have a new stain,” says the artist. After a few hundred stains were made, he collected, digitized and traced them using CAD software. The resulting pins were laser-cut from steel, and each brooch box is laser etched, individually signed and numbered by hand.

“These pins are more than just a membership signifier. They symbolize our organization by being both multiple (all members get one) and singular (each one is unique),” says AJF Boad Chair Susan Cummins. “They allow our members to wear and own a piece of contemporary jewelry that we hope will become part of their collection.”

Art Jewelry Forum is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1997 to advocate for the field of contemporary art jewelry by promoting education, appreciation and support for the field. www.artjewelryforum.org

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