Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In Focus: Accessories at Artistic Intersections

Time for a brief introduction: Fashion, meet our old friend, Architecture. 
Architecture, this is Fashion. 

When dynamic artistic forms collide, magnificent magic can happen. Some of our newest accessories for fall are a fusion of fashion, art, architectural element and textile design technique.

 Each piece is sourced in the USA and hand fabricated in our designer's atelier in Brooklyn, NY by trained artists and metalsmiths.  Combining simple building materials such as bridge cabling and industrial ball chain with semi-precious stones, this line inhabits the intersections of industrial and feminine, ordinary and extraordinary. 

These lightweight pieces are practically polymorphic: moving with your body, they simultaneously alter and anchor any outfit.  Both linear and geometric, sculptural and functional, this versatile jewelry creates a statement without weighing you down.  

 Make a memorable impression at your art openings or holiday gatherings. Purchase these pieces here.

To view our entire collection of unique jewelry, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

In Focus: Beaded Apatite and Labradorite Jewelry

Beaded Apatite Stretch Bracelet

Put some boho in your ho-ho! During the hectic holiday season give gifts that impart serenity and peace of mind. Our Beaded Apatite and Labradorite jewelry collection features tranquil hues with a bohemian flair, perfect for the relaxed fashionista on your holiday shopping list.

The natural gemstones are first sourced in Uruguay from sites where emphasis is placed on fair trade and environmentally friendly mining practices. They are then designed and hand assembled into unique, one-of-a-kind works of wearable art in our artisan's Atlanta, Georgia studio. Rest assured that these placid pieces are simultaneously stunning AND sustainably sourced!

Purchase our Beaded Apatite Jewelry here.

To view our entire collection of unique jewelry, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller

Rodin, Le Penseur (The Thinker), 1902, Gum bichromate print by Edward Steichen

"Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature itself is animated."  -Auguste Rodin

Join the Art Institute of Chicago this fall in celebrating the life and work of iconic artist Auguste Rodin (French, 1840 - 1917). Open now, Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller features rarely seen work from private collections juxtaposed with work from the museum's permanent holdings on the centenary of the artist's death. Get a glimpse here in our preview and then come see for yourself!

Young Mother in a Grotto,  Modeled about 1885, Cast about 1888-96, Bronze/ Despair, Modeled about 1885-90, carved 1893?, Marble

Rodin is widely regarded as a pioneering sculptor who was exceptionally influential on the trajectory of modern art. Early in his career, Rodin eschewed the stylistic formalism of the artistic academy for a naturalistic aesthetic that imbued his material with an unprecedented vitality. 

Head of Arthur Jerome Eddy, 1898, Bronze

A gifted sculptor and storyteller, Rodin's work conveyed psychological complexity through an exceptional focus on the individual. Believing character could be revealed through physical features, Rodin evinced emotion with meticulously textured surfaces and the interaction of shadow and light.

Standing Nude with Draperies, n.d., Watercolor and graphite on ivory wove paper/ Auguste Rodin, 1905, Gum bichromate print by Gertrude Käsebier

As Rodin's career progressed, he increasingly experimented with abstraction through formal exaggeration and fragmentation. This departure from classical ideals was an innovative approach to his subjects that would become an influential foundation for modern sculpture. 
The Thinker Sculpture - 11 3/4"/ Adam Sculpture - 18"/ The Thinker Sculpture 6"

Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller is now on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through March 4th.  Learn more here: Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller

Visit the Museum Shop online where you can find sculpture inspired by Auguste Rodin's work.

All purchases support the museum's various programs.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In Focus: Artful Accessories Inspired by Frida Kahlo

I paint flowers so that they will not die. - Frida Kahlo
Immortalize inimitable painter Frida Kahlo (Mexico, 1907–1954) with our new line of accessories inspired by and as bold and brilliant as the artist herself.

Frida Kahlo Floral Umbrella/Frida Kahlo Floral Print Scarf

An homage to Kahlo's folk art style, our Frida Kahlo Floral Umbrella and Frida Kahlo Jungle Print Scarf celebrate the vibrant colors of plant and animal life in the jungle.

 Frida Kahlo Rose Shawl

Roses were a common motif in Kahlo's early painting and provided a precursor to her profoundly symbolic work to follow. Wrap yourself in the voluminous vibrancy of our Frida Kahlo Rose Shawl and sartorially reflect this stylistic tendency.
Frida Kahlo Eyeglass Case with Cloth

Finally, artfully accessorize with our Frida Kahlo Eyeglass Case with Cloth. Inspired by Kahlo's self-portraiture, this item honors the genre for which the incomparble artist was most renowned. 

Choose one or choose all and celebrate the artist's singular style. 

To view our complete collection including a variety of items inspired by art and artists visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org.
Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Behind the Scenes with McKernan Woollen Mills

Layer up in luxurious Merino wool with our chic and cozy scarves. Handmade in the picturesque Lough Derg region in County Clare, Ireland, these scarves are the perfect fall into winter warmers. Join us for a look behind the scenes at the historic McKernan Woollen Mills to discover how they're made! McKernan Woollen Mills is a family-run business with a commitment to sustainable style. Merino wool yarn in a multitude of textures and color combinations is carefully selected for each design. 
The wool is then hand warped and then woven on historic 19th century shuttle looms. The knitted styles are made on modern, multi-gauge Stoll knitting machines which provide practically infinite design possibilities.

 Each scarf is then hand finished in the mill's workshop. With an aesthetic emphasis on creating timeless pieces, the materials and workmanship are of the highest quality.

It is through this focus on craftsmanship with original patterns, natural textures and harmonious colors that our artisans fabricate scarves which consciously deviate from quickly shifting fashion trends to become unique and treasured keepsakes.

Traditional skill and innovative passion for design go into each one of these pieces of wearable art, making them the perfect gift for yourself or the art lover in your life!  Until you can visit the mill in person for a guided tour, you can purchase the scarves here.

To view our entire collection of unique textiles, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

In Focus: Hand Knotted Lace Jewelry from Paris

Be the conversation piece.
Perfect for all your holiday parties and gatherings, our hand knotted lace jewelry occupies the intersection of art and craft, inviting both conversation and admiration. 
Romantic and baroque yet inspired by craft tradition, this wearable art epitomizes creative evolution.

In a small Parisian studio, artisans utilize the shuttle lace or tatting technique. Once popular in the royal courts of 18th century Europe, tatting is an interlacing of rings and chains formed by tiny knots, using fingers and a shuttle to create intricate patterns.

In this jewelry, our designer has reinvented the traditional technique through formal and material experimentation. With the addition of ornamental pearls, knots are formed of metalized polyester and silk, transforming the lace into exceptionally unique pieces of wearable art.  Adorned in any of these captivating creations, you'll stand out, with a story to tell.

We hope you've learned a bit of knowledge to drop while wearing our hand knotted lace jewelry! Shop now: Hand Knotted Lace Jewelry

Proceeds from all purchases support the many programs at the Art Institute of Chicago.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Behind the Scenes with Stefanie Wolf Jewelry

Stunning and incredibly versatile, our Czech glass tile jewelry can be dressed up or down and adapted to suit your sartorial style. Join us as we travel from the Czech Republic to Martha's Vineyard alongside the talented designer behind these handcrafted and organically inspired accessories!

Stefanie Wolf has been a life long avid collector of objects and in particular rocks, shells, beads and other beautiful objects. After several years in corporate jobs, her collector's eye turned towards jewelry making as a form of therapy and creative expression. 

The designer in Liberec, Czech Republic
When what was a hobby evolved into a career, Stefanie began to travel to the Czech Republic, where the handcrafting of glass beads is a longstanding tradition.

Here she partners with local artisans, designing shapes and color schemes to suit her elegant and sophisticated visions.

Bead bonanza!

Bags and bags of beads

When she has found the perfect pieces with which to execute her overall designs, she returns to her home and studio on Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts.
Design and construction
Once in the studio, Stefanie and her hardworking team assemble the beads into wearable works of art inspired by the sublime beauty of the ocean and the charms of island life.
The designer's team and studio on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Thank you to Stefanie for taking us along on her journey!

Shop our Glass Tile Jewelry here: http://bit.ly/2wrJode
Shop our new fall collection here: http://bit.ly/2wrJ6TG

All purchases support the museum's many programs.