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Read on to learn who the jury selected as finalists and winner of the Young Artist Award, plus two featured articles.
Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce MJ Tyson (US) the winner of its 2020 Young Artist Award. The four finalists are Junmin Bae (South Korea), Ryungjae Jung (South Korea), Lore Langendries (Belgium), and Mallory Weston (US). The winner and finalists will all exhibit their work at PLATINA during Schmuck, the annual international art jewelry fair in Munich, Germany, held this year from March 11 to March 15, 2020. They will also be presented to the audience on the main stage at the Internationale Handwerksmesse, on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. Congratulations to all!

Image caption: MJ Tyson, Dust to Dust on the body, reconstituted jewelry, velvet, board, 230 x 130 x 30 mm, photo courtesy of the artist
  • “Psychoanalysis in Silver: The Fantastical Jewelry of Sam Kramer,” a talk by author Toni Greenbaum, plus a sale and signing of her new book, Sam Kramer: Jeweler on the Edge.

  • AJF in Conversation: Mid-Century Modern Jewelry and Its Impact on the NOW. Moderated by Karen Davidov, owner of The Jewelry Library, with panelists Barbara Gifford, Ben Lignel, and Mark McDonald.

  • Contemporary Jewellery in Portugal—From the Avant-Garde of the 1960s to the Early 21st Century, a book presentation, sale, and signing by Cristina Filipe.

  • Presentation of work by AJF’s Young Artist Award finalists at PLATINA, and the announcement of the winner, followed by a celebration dinner to get to know the winner and enjoy face-to-face time with some of AJF’s board, its executive director, and other members.

Ten Years Together As Partners In Jewelry
by Katia Rabey

Even if you’ve never heard of Yunus and Eliza, you’ve probably seen their works, especially if you follow popular culture. This jewelry duo, comprised of Yunus Ascott and Eliza Higginbottom, an artist and a sculptor, respectively, created the unique and memorable statement jewelry that Daenerys Targaryen, the First of Her Name, wore on the set of Game of Thrones, the fantasy saga that triumphantly (or infamously—the jury’s still out!) ended last spring after eight seasons. To commemorate it, AJF asked Eliza Higginbottom a few questions.

Image caption: MEY Designs (a collaboration from Yunus & Eliza and Michele Clapton for HBO’s Game of Thrones) Mother of Dragons Chain, Breaking Chains Necklace, Link Ring, all solid sterling silver,, photo: Michelle Beatty
Some Key Members of the Latvian Jewellery Art Association

One of the biggest events in the field of Latvian jewelry in 2018 was the establishment of the Latvian Jewellery Art Association (LJAA). There was a Latvian Jeweller association that operated from 1993 until 2012, but data on its activities hasn't been updated in the Register of Enterprises for the past eight years. Several jewelry artists are also members of the Artists' Union of Latvia, but the generation of mature jewelry artists was looking for a fresh platform to put their ideas into action and meet like-minded people. LJAA was established by husband and wife jewelers Zane Vilka and Jānis Vilks, and a fellow artist, Valdis Brože.

Image caption: Māris Šustiņš for the brand Óde, Kocmoc, 2019, 18-karat gold, eco diamonds, courtesy L'Officiel Baltics and the artist, photographer unknown
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