City Life Org – The Museum of Arts and Design’s Annual Pop-Up Contemporary Jewelry Sale Returns Featuring Over 40 Emerging and Acclaimed International Artists

Works by MAD About Jewelry artists (top row, left to right) Rebecca Hannon, Michelle Currie, Lorraine West; (bottom row, left to right) Jessica Thompson-Lee, Eunseok Han, Matagi Sorensen.

From April 27-30, the Museum of Arts and Design will present MAD About Jewelry, its annual benefit sale of contemporary jewelry featuring the creations of over 40 emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists. MAD About Jewelry has become the ultimate pop-up store for contemporary artist-made jewelry, where collectors and jewelry enthusiasts have the rare opportunity to meet and acquire pieces from some of the most innovative designers in the field.


The artists and jewelry designers featured in MAD About Jewelry 2022 are:

a jewelry artist based in Seoul, South Korea, Eunsok Han makes jewelry from recycled aluminum cans instead of precious stones and metals. Han notes that disposable products are a major contributor to environmental pollution, the effects of which she explores in her work. Her current collection references the vibrant colors of coral, which experiences bleaching and degradation due to rising water temperatures. Its commitment to preserving the environment extends to the use of other discarded materials, such as plastic.

New York-based jewelry designer Lorraine West crafts strikingly elegant pieces that allow wearers to connect with their own beauty and power. A self-taught artisan, West pays homage to her Caribbean roots by blending bold and minimalist design sensibilities. Inspired by symbology and geometric shapes, her handcrafted brass jewelry is meant to be a form of self-expression and liberation.

Based in Arizona, Matagi Sorensen is a blacksmith, jewelry designer, and artist from the Yavapai-Apache Nation. He creates silver jewelry by hand and lost wax. Her designs are sleek and modern, drawing inspiration from traditional designs rooted in her heritage. Her jewelry incorporates mokume gane, an ancient Japanese metalworking technique that results in patterns resembling the grain of wood. Sorensen is currently pursuing an MFA at Arizona State University, where he is furthering his knowledge and skills in metalwork and design, as well as experimenting with natural and culturally traditional materials.

A jewelry artist based in Canada, Rebecca Hannon investigates ideas of adornment in relation to the human form. In her “Contemporary Camouflage” series, she uses laminate that she laser cuts and interlocks to form three-dimensional pieces reminiscent of children’s toys. Through color, shape and intent, she questions how we conceal or reveal ourselves, as seen throughout the animal kingdom: coloration and mimicry in nature influenced early ideas about camouflage in the theater of war. Her jewelry can blend into a striped blouse or jump out like a rose wine stain. Worn on the body or displayed on the wall, these works are bold and impactful icons.

michelle currie is a Scottish jewelery designer and currently Artist in Residence at Glasgow School of Art. Inspired by science and astronomy, including research into black holes and gravitational waves, her practice explores the unseen forces that govern and shape our world. By combining silver and gemstones with ferromagnetic materials such as iron oxide, iron sand collected from beaches on the west coast of Scotland, and ferrofluid, a substance designed by NASA to control liquids in space, Currie captures the exciting variety of textures and movement. created when iron particles are exposed to neodymium magnets. She creates her own mixtures of iron particles, which she sculpts directly onto magnetic field lines, using the invisible structure as a canvas to capture explosive moments as static, menacing wearable sculptures.


Join us on Tuesday, April 26 for the benefit evening with first access for patrons to meet the artists and acquire their creations, a cocktail and a reception, as well as a dinner in honor of the winners of the MAD About Jewelry Award 2022, iconic British fashion and textile designer Dame Zandra Rhodes and Art Jewelry Forum. Founded in 1997 to promote critical attention to contemporary jewelry, AJF has become the leading voice for the advancement of fine jewelry, serving to establish and elevate jewelry’s contributions to art.

Cocktails and shopping, 5 p.m.
Dinner and prize-giving at the Robert restaurant, 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets for the Opening Benefit, visit, or contact Rebekka Grossman at 212.299.7712 or [email protected]


As soon as you enter the April MAD About Jewelry sale, you can watch jewelry making in action. MAD likes to show visitors how art is created – and everything is for sale!

MAD About Jewelry has always been known for its wide range of materials and this variety of processes and techniques will also be evident among lobby makers.

Jessica Thompson Lee will show how she creates her porcelain jewelry using a playful technique in which she “draws” with liquefied clay.

Dina Ruden will be hand sanding and painting the elements of her sculptural earrings crafted from reclaimed wood, incorporating a design sensibility of both mid-century modernism and multicultural motifs.

Co-creators Ian Henderson and Sue-Yee Leung will reveal how the multiple layers are made and formed in their line of biomorphic, deceptively soft, tactile rubber jewelry inspired by the growth patterns of flora and fauna.


This edition of MAD About Jewelry will feature a massive installation artwork by the jeweler Xinchen Li which will immediately capture the attention of visitors. As part of her MFA work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Xinchen took two of the most iconic forms of jewelry, beads and chains, and created oversized metallic balloon interpretations of them in the hottest colors. more classic jewelry, gold and silver. Working from her original interpretation, she will create a site-specific installation for the MAD About Jewelry gallery.


Wednesday April 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thu, April 28, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri, April 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY


Tuesday, April 26, 5 p.m.

MAD About Jewelry is part of the Museum’s long-standing commitment to presenting jewelry as an art form. MAD is the only US museum to have a gallery dedicated to showcasing special jewelry exhibitions and its own collection of contemporary and modern art and studio jewelry.

MAD is proud to celebrate our community of artists. Proceeds from MAD About Jewelry will benefit participating artists and support the museum’s educational programs.


The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary creators in all creative fields and showcases the work of artists, designers and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. Since the Museum was founded in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of manufacturing and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program draws on a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to art and design and reveal the craftsmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our daily life. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who influence the direction of cultural production and drive 21st century innovation and fosters a participatory framework allowing visitors to have direct encounters with qualified creations and works of art. and convincing designs. For more information, visit

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