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The Lowdown on LOOT 2017 at MAD

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 28, 2017

LOOT 2017 is a six day event at The Museum of Arts and Design showcasing a variety of one-of-a-kind artist jewelry. At this unique exhibition, the public can purchase items from over 50 artists working in a range of materials and subject matter. There are items made with precious and semi-precious stones, enameling, fabric, glass, metal, paper, plastic, resins, thread and more.

Necklace of white fragments and silver by Åse-Marit Thorbjørnsrud; courtesy of the artist / MAD

Necklace of white fragments and silver by Åse-Marit Thorbjørnsrud; courtesy of the artist / MAD

Artist-made jewelry is gaining attention in the fashion world. It has been featured at several designer houses showing their most recent collections, adding a new level of sophistication to the clothes. It is also gaining traction at well known contemporary art fairs across Europe. Jewelry collectors and fine art connoisseurs enjoy seeing what a modern artist can achieve in small scale, with materials that are a change from their other work. The price tag is also a factor: a collector can collect a wide range of objects from a variety of people while the same amount of money might purchase less work from fewer artists. Ultimately, the primary reason to collect artist made jewelry is because these beautiful pieces are to be used in real life, not hidden away – something very appealing to a wide audience.

Silver 'feather' necklace by Abigail Brown; Paul Mounsey Photography, courtesy of artist.

Silver ‘feather’ necklace by Abigail Brown; Paul Mounsey Photography, courtesy of artist / MAD.

Now the public has the opportunity to see some select items from artists across the world at LOOT 2017 at The Museum of Arts and Design. Prices range from the low hundreds to thousands but even if you don’t buy, you can enjoy some stunningly innovative design and techniques in the field of jewelry.

Imprint cuffs by Delphine Nardin; courtesy of artist.

Imprint cuffs by Delphine Nardin; courtesy of artist / MAD.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is located at 2 Columbus Circle (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway at 58th Street across from the Time-Warner Center). Access is available with paid admission to the museum. For general information click here; for details about LOOT 2017 click here.

Necklace by Michelle Cangiano; courtesy of artist.

Necklace by Michelle Cangiano; courtesy of artist / MAD.

 

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Cover: Brooch by Aino Faven; photo: courtesy of artist / MAD


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