During an episode of Antiques Roadshow a woman brought in a collection of jewelry that caught my eye. Modern, beautiful, and luminous, I was drawn into following the appraisal more closely and yearned to hear more about the artist who turned out to be Margaret De Patta.
To learn more about the artist and her jewelry I sought out books--of course--and found, Space Light Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta through Link+. In 2012 the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Oakland Museum of California put together an exhibit showcasing Margaret De Patta's jewelry pieces. Space Light Structure is the exhibition catalogue, pairing the work that went on display with the history of such topics as the Bauhaus movement, modernism, the artist herself, and constructivism.
Margaret De Patta had a knack for balancing the elements of her pieces in such a way that encourages people to wonder how these structures come together. The effect is absolutely stunning and masterful.
You can learn more about the Margaret De Patta Studio Jewelry appraisal from Antiques Roadshow on the PBS website by clicking here. There's a slideshow of the jewelry collection featured on the episode as well as a video of the appraisal.
If you, like me, are now inspired to try your hand at designing some works of jewelry art, here's a short list of what we have to help inspire and guide your explorations:
- Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed-Media Jewelry with Metal Clay, Wire, Resin and More by Cynthia Thornton.
- The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewelry Making Techniques by Vannetta Seecharran.
- Steampunk-Style Jewelry : A Maker's Collection of Victorian, Fantasy, and Mechanical Designs by Jean Cambell.
If you would like to see a longer list, click on the search term jewelry making to see the results. All 109 of them!