Bijoux at the Norton art museum

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The Norton Museum of Art, located in Palm Beach, Florida, recently held its sixth Bijoux Contemporary Jewelry Art Sale.  This year was my fourth time participating in Bijoux.

From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt that this museum and this exhibition were more than just another show and retail opportunity. It felt more like my extended family abroad and a home away from home.

Donna Schneier, Bijoux’s founder and chair, has a great eye for overseeing the selection of artists for the show. All the artists are of such a caliber that you are proud to exhibit alongside them and feel that they drive you to push your art further every year.

The museum’s donors and volunteers work tirelessly to set up, to help with whatever is needed and to assist the artists with their sales. All day long, they are ready with a smile and a kind word.

Four years ago, I reached a turning point in my career: I dreamed about art and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that are not part of a commercial series. I was lucky to be invited by the Norton to Bijoux, thanks to AIDA (Association of Israeli Decorative Arts), which supports Israeli artists and establishes connections for them with important exhibitions and galleries, as well as providing scholarships.

For the artist, Bijoux is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and offer encouragement. I am a self-employed artist who lives and works alone: the opportunity to spend the week engaging with other professionals in my field, especially with those from other countries, is a gift and a comforting reminder that I am a part of an international community of creators.

For years, I confused the concepts of colleagues and friends. For years, I thought I was the problem – my inability to recognize where my art ends and my own self begins. I never understood how important this very long week would be: setting up the exhibition and ten days of mingling creates a closeness with people who are supposed to be strangers.

The show seems to surpass itself every year. Speaking as an artist, recognizing your customers without any barriers gives you the opportunity and freedom to create without limits, which seems like a paradox: an artist is expected to create with no inhibitions, restrictions or customers in mind. Nonetheless, the fact that the Norton Museum attracts an adoring crowd that appreciates conceptual art and is ready to invest in a unique piece of jewelry gives me the freedom that no commercial collection would ever allow.

Uli Rapp

Ylenia Deriu

Laura Wood

kristine bolhuis

isabelle busnel

Tara Locklear and Jed Green

 

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Inbar Shahak is a textile designer by profession, graduating from the Shenkar University of Fashion in Israel, where she majored in weaving, knitting & printing. After working in the garment industry for Calvin Klein, the urge to create handmade textiles art drove her to establish her own succesfull brand of textile jewelry. Inbar’s jewelry is inspired by delicate tracery patterns and her greatest passion is combineing ancient textile-making traditions with new modern techniques. Inbar’s collections are all drawn by hand and printed over metal at her atelier in Kibbutz Maagan Michael. She regularly collaborates with fashion designers around the world, making bold and theatrical costume jewelry design made for Runway fashion projects and fashion shoot productions. “Inbar Shahak” Studio has been widely displayed in galleries, elite jewelry shops, and fashion designer shops and in exhibitions around the world, including the Premiere Classe in Paris, the IJL Show in London, The Atelie and the Moda show in NY and the Norton art Museum in Florida.

10 Comments

  1. Very artistic pieces and looks classic but chic as well. Each artist has their unique style which reflects on their work. I wish I could see it myself.

  2. Those are some uniquely designed pieces. It must be a special feeling to gather in such a large crowd of people sharing your craft and passion…I’m sure there was a lot to learn from both the consumers and vendors.

  3. Besties Notepad on

    Those are very unique jewellery pieces, I really like some of those. Wish I could attend it myself

  4. Amazing! that jewelry collection is really gorgeous! Those are not just elegant but very artistic and unique too! You’ re right when you this will offer and show more than any commercial will do. Thanks for sharing!

  5. some really nice pieces you have there – its cool to see how people showcase different ideas and styles and how everyone creativity is so unique

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