Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Interview with American Modernist Studio Jewelry collector

I love the interviews that Collector's weekly regularly does with people in the vintage collectibles market. One of their latest interviews is with Marbeth Schon, a collector of American modernist studio jewelry.

The interview discusses the most popular designers in this collecting area, the materials used, and the movement’s rise in popularity. She talks about influential museum exhibits, as well the ways in which designers took inspiration from each other.

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Marbeth has a website offering Contemporary and Modernist Jewelry. Her background is in Art Education with early work as an art teacher and then later work for galleries. The website is a veritable treasure trove of wonderful modernist jewelry. As a lover of cat jewelry, the sterling silver cat piece shown here caught my attention right away.

The interview with Marbeth discusses Ed Weiner, Art Smith, and Alexander Calder, among others notable in the field. You can read the whole modernist studio jewelry interview here. If you are new to this popular (and on the rise) collecting area, it's a must read.

Marbeth is the author of several books on the subject: Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960: The Wearable Art Movement, and Form and Function: American Modernist Jewelry 1940-1970. Both books are available from leading book retailers nation wide.

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