Among the many things art jewelry can do is tell a story … or hint at one and give rise to the imagination. The cover of Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, a June book, has released, and I wanted to share it with you promptly, as well as on the Lark Jewelry & Beading page on Facebook.
The cover piece, created by Andrea Williams of Bound Earth Jewelry Design, is titled Vinculum, a 2012 necklace made of found beach stones, reclaimed sterling silver, and resin. Andrea’s techniques were simply carving and fabrication. The piece was photographed by Mark Craig.
A vinculum is a bond or tie, and I found the jewelry and photography bold and evocative in obvious ways. We played with different cover possibilities, but this piece and photograph are the ones I wanted to make work from the start.
Inside the book, the piece runs with a full-page bleed (it runs off on all four sides). In that original photo, which I’ve included below, the model appears to be an African American male (although, of course, I’m actually unsure). When the piece was cropped for best fit on the cover, it became less pronounced whether the person pictured is male or female. We had differing opinions internally as to how that impacted the power of the image as we finalized the cover design. We’d love to hear your thoughts when you get the book.
The work in Showcase 500 Art Necklaces is incredibly varied. Juror Chunghi Choo selected art jewelry from 456 artists in a few more than 500 pieces and photographs, so the range of visions — as well as materials and techniques employed — is unusually diverse. I think it makes for a fantastic and challenging collection of contemporary work. It’s a June release, so you’ll get to decide for yourself soon enough!
You can download a PDF of the cover here, or copy the cover image above for web usages. If you’re so inclined, you’re welcome to share the cover image widely! And I hope you love the book. ~ Ray Hemachandra