Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry
Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry features more than two hundred pieces of jewelry and decorative objects that explore the significant role and impact of women on art jewelry design in the early twentieth century.
A segment of jewelry artisans at the turn of the century created striking and unique pieces for an artistically astute audience. These pieces had great appeal for those disheartened by the poor-quality, mass-produced items of the Industrial Revolution. Maker & Muse showcases jewelry from the United Kingdom, Europe (France, Austria, and Germany), and the United States (New York and Chicago). Art jewelry movements, such as Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau, saw the emergence of bold designs that pushed the boundaries of traditional jewelry design. Women influenced these artistic movements, either as muses for male designers or, for the first time, as designers themselves. A number of women achieved significant success and even opened their own workshops, where they employed other women as jewelers. This exhibition celebrates the connections between women and art jewelry.