Blog > September 2022
Some pieces are statements others are epic, two-thousand page duologies, like these eye-popping enamel ring-and-bracelet sets from Georgian (as in the country) artist Sofio Gongli.
These rings can also be worn as ear cuffs, a useful feature I've often wished for with rings in my own collection! To see more, visit Japan's 36 Tokyo, aka 三丁目六番地 ("3-chome 6-banchi," like part of an address).
Japan's Nobuko Nishiwaki expertly carves stone, giving the stiff material an almost drapey quality.
As an exchange student, South Korean metalsmith Gina Lee had trouble communicating with her foreign friends. But:
Suddenly their hair began to talk to me. As I stare at them, their hair, like a word bubble, seems to represent their thought. Their hair comes alive in my eyes.
Visit her site for a better look at her "Hair" series, whose details need to be seen close up. And don't miss her "Granulation" series while you're there!
Finland's Tuija Hietanen transforms little beads into a sort of textile, which is then used to make various types of jewellery... and sometimes rings, like the ones shown above.
Visit Colombian artist Daniel Ramos Obregón to see a lot of interesting work around themes of identity politics.
UK-based Xinyi Wang works with materials like silk organza and real fish scales while exploring themes of environmental pollution.
Japan's Natsumi Nakamura reminds us that leather can be cute and colourful, too.
A Thousand Joys (Joy Franklin), based in Italy, is "inspired by historic ornament and architecture, ancient cultures, myths and symbols, and the celestial."
As you may have noticed, I've seen a lot of glass rings but rarely do I see rings with crushed glass, like these cool silver pieces by Germany's Günter Block.
The details really do make the design; in this case, it's that little slant that makes me take notice. Rings above by Maryland's Kimber Harris-Wiegand.
After nearly twenty years of blogging the last sixteen daily, save for holidays I've decided to reduce my posting here to three times a week. If this place has been a daily visit for you, thank you very much, and I hope you'll still make a habit of coming Monday, Wednesday and Friday!
Rings from "100% Cotton" by Uzbekistan's Holmuradov Design (Ulugbek Holmuradov), who explains:
This collection closes our trilogy named The Coin's Travel, where the circle is represented on the largest scale and reinterpreted in the shape of cotton one of the most hackneyed motifs in the art of the Uzbek SSR era.
Rhode Island-based Xiaoran Liu plays with our preconceived notion of the traditional engagement ring, creating pieces that don't fit our expectations.
Ring-Free Thursday: Maryland's Gina Denton.