Jewellery Object Painting
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...»This week, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) announced Isabelle Molénat and Sarran Youkongdee as the winners of the third annual LOOT Acquisition Prize. Awarded on the occasion of the eighteenth edition of LOOT: MAD About Jewelley, the Museum’s annual exhibition and sale of contemporary art jewellery, this year’s prize will result in the acquisition of two jewellery works, Molénat’s Collection Knots Necklace (2018) and Youkongdee’s Siam Rattikarn (2017), for MAD’s permanent collection.»
“We are thrilled to add these two new works to the Museum’s collection, as they continue our tradition of support for new artists and new thinking in the field of studio jewelry and wearable art,”
said Shannon R. Stratton, Chief Curator at MAD.
"Both pieces are contemporary expressions of craft processes and material explorations present in the Museum’s collection,”
said Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford. “We were impressed with the caliber of artistry and technical ability displayed in these handmade pieces.”
Awarded by a jury, the LOOT Acquisition Prize seeks to recognize a LOOT jewellery artist whose work reflects a maturity in artistry and concept; exhibits both a superior and experimental understanding of materials and form; and demonstrates expertise in technique and execution. Chaired by William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator Shannon R. Stratton and Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford, the jury this year included LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp; LOOT Chair Marsy Mittlemann; and Michele Cohen, Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.
Textile jewellery designer Isabelle Molénat lives and works in Toulouse, France. More than ornaments, she considers her jewels to be messengers, carrying stories about our heritage and linking us to other times. Her “Knots” collection represents the tying and resolution of these links, to understand their meaning and impact. Molénat sees the process of creation as an interplay between technique and chance: the technique represents the past, while the chance represents the present. She works in silk and eco-prints her fabric using dye from carefully selected plants, which produce tannins that change through the seasons. Molénat uses the dyed silk to make sheathed ribbons, which she then weaves to create wearable textile sculptures.
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LOOT: MAD About Jewelry 2018
After announcing the winners of the third annual LOOT Acquisition Prize, the winners and LOOT organizers posed for a photo. Bryna Pomp (left to right) the Curator of the LOOT collection, Marsy Mittlemann the 2018 Loot Chair for the Board of Trustees, Jewelry Designer Paolo Costagli the LOOT 2018 Corporate Sponsor, the Museum of Arts and Design’s Chief Curator Shannon Stratton, Thai jewelry artist Sarran Youkongdee, and French jewelry artist Isabelle Molénat.
By Amanda Moses
As a child, I can remember watching my aunt hunched over her desk painting beautiful designs on various pieces of jewelry in her home office. She would peer through her jewelers’ eye magnifier and with steady hands paint colorful designs on rings, earrings, and charms. It was truly an amazing sight to behold because at that moment she was making art.
Art is truly the lifeblood of human expression. It requires ingenuity, innovation, and imagination. The art of crafting jewelry is the embodiment of this definition—work produced with emotion and intricate creativity.
During the press preview, LOOT awarded two artists whose work transcends the art form, experiments with technique and material, and demonstrates an expertise in execution. The LOOT Acquisition prize went to Isabelle Molénat from France and Sarran Youkongdee from Thailand. This prize was given to these two artists because they have made significant contributions to their field and their jewelry fits within the museum’s mid-to-late 20th century historical context.
Molénatreceived the award because her jewelry is not just wearable art; it is a representation of the environment (she works in silk and her process of dyeing is eco-printing, using carefully selected plants, which produce tannins that change through the seasons. She uses the dyed silk to make sheathed ribbons, which she weaves to create wearable textile sculptures.
Photos by Amanda Moses and Dean Moses