Meet Int’l Jewelry Designers at MAD Museum’s LOOT Sale

Brussel-based artist Cecile Betrand’s silk fabric necklace

New York—Love contemporary, artisan studio jewelry? Want to meet renowned international designers as you try on (and buy) their unique pieces?

Then check out LOOT 2012: MAD About Jewelry at the Museum of Art and Design. This curated pop-up shop, running September 11 through 15 will have some of the most unique (yet wearable) pieces you’ve ever seen. Plus, it benefits the museum’s exhibition and education programs.

The largest of its kind, this 12th edition of LOOT will feature jewelry by over 50 emerging and acclaimed artists, hailing from 12 countries. LOOT will also honor New York’s own: with jewelry from students at Fashion Institute of Technology.

Impressive Yet Accessible

Zipper jewelry by Brooklyn-based Kate Cusak

While much artisan jewelry often looks like it should remain in a museum, LOOT aims to make its pieces accessible—both in affordability and in style. Prices start at $200 and range up to $12,000, with $1000 the average.

“We looked at thousands of artists in making our final selection, and we are really excited with this international mix,” says Bryna Pomp, a jewelry industry veteran who co-curated the event with noted collector Nancy Olnick. “There’s nothing here that you feel you can’t wear.”

Below, a partial lineup of exhibitors:

For an expanded listing, click here:

Axel Russmeyer: Exhibiting German bead artist who will also receive the inaugural LOOT Award for Contemporary Art Jewelry.

Eimear Conyard: Irish artist who makes unique, limited-edition timepieces in addition to jewelry.

Italian artist Luisa Bruni uses resin and Plexiglas to show motion

Eva Eisler: Czech artist and chair of the metals department at Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. She’s known for her tabletop, lighting, and furniture designs, as for her minimalist art jewelry.

Emmeline Hastings: A sculptor and jeweler, this British artist works in Perspex and metals to wearable objects evoking motion and wave patterns.

Dominique Labordery: working in agate, oxidized silver and gold, this Belgian-born, Dusseldorf-based artist uses minimalist details to the maximum effect.

Jeremy May: British artist who makes laminated and polished jewelry from carved out book pages (then uses the empty book as the jewelry container).

Kazumi Nagano: Tokyo-based artist weaves gossamer lightweight jewelry out of strands of silver and gold, silk, nylon, and Japanese paper thread.

Linda van Niekerk: Striking and wearable natural sculptures from this South African-born artist, now living in Tasmania.

Joe Pillari: Philadelphia-based artist makes enigmatic hand-painted enamel brooches inspired by old photographs.

Nikolay Sardamov: Bulgarian artist jeweler who creates rigid meshwork out of clusters and layers of circles in silver and gold.

LOOT 2012 is sponsored in part by the Silver Institute: Silver Promotion Service and Van Cleef & Arpels.

To learn more about the artists, exhibition and sale, jewelry study day, and to order benefit tickets, visit http://madaboutjewelry.tumblr.com/

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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.