Art Jewelry Forum Awards Creativity and Promise

In What's New, Industry News by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

A model shows off a winning link necklace by Noon Passema Sanpatchayapong, a Thai designer who won the Art Jewelry Forum for emerging art jeweler.

Mill Valley, California–Noon Passama Sanpatchayapong, a Thai designer currently studying in The Netherlands, has won Art Jewelry Forum’s top American prize for an emerging art jeweler.

She will receive a cash award of $7,500 from the Art Jewelry Forum and will be exhibited by Gallerie Ra at the 2013 Collect art fair in London.

The winning collection is a rare collaboration between an art jeweler and fashion designers. Noon Passama partnered with Capara, an Antwerp-based clothing line founded by sisters Vera and Olivera Capara. The Capara product is presented through video, photographs, or installation during women’s fashion week in Paris. The Capara sisters collaborate with different artists to add other objects, such as furniture and art, to their clothing collections. The necklaces Noon Passama submitted to AJF were part of Capara’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection Favorite Dreams.

Thai Designer Noon Passema Sanpatchayapong

Not yet 30 years old, Noon Passama has quite a following. Her jewelry has been exhibited around the world, featured in major fashion magazines and pop musician Rihanna wore a Passama necklace in the music video for Te Amo.

“The chain is the classic backbone of the jewelry field,” says AJF Emerging Artist Award juror Marjan Unger. “Everything that matters in a good chain lies in one element and the way it links with its neighbors. The series of chains Noon Passama developed is beautiful in its basic shapes and its proportions. It is a brave subject to choose. It takes a very good artist to reach this level of expression within all the limits of a chain, and to add something worthwhile to a very long history.”

Jurors for the 2012 AJF Emerging Artist Award were: Kelly L’Ecuyer, Ellyn McColgan Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Marjan Unger, Dutch collector, curator, professor, and writer; and Farrah Al Dujaili, studio jeweler and 2012 AJF’s Emerging Artist Award winner. Susan Kempin, Award Program chair, directs the Emerging Artist Award.

Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is a nonprofit organization established in 1997 to advocate for the field of contemporary art jewelry through education, discourse, appreciation, and support. The organization includes collectors, critics, curators, designers, educators, gallery, makers, and writers worldwide.The Art Jewelry Forum website is the most dynamic, cerebral, timely, and trusted Internet resource for original content on contemporary art jewelry


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