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LOOT: MAD About Jewelry Opens at Museum of Arts and Design

April 4, 2017 - by Linda Sheridan
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Gilded silver. Repurposed skateboard. Paper. Enamel. Aluminum. Driftwood. Pearls. You'll find the most unique pieces of jewelry, and personally get to meet the artists that make them, at the Museum of Arts and Design's 17th annual pop up LOOT: Mad About Jewelry, an exhibit/shopping event running April 4th through 8th.

LOOT Drifa neckpiece by Gudjborg Ingvarsdottir

Inspired by nature, Icelandic jewelry artist Guðbjörg Ingvarsdóttir is the founder of store Aurum, in Reykjavik.

LOOT showcases wearable art pieces designed by some 54 artist-jewelers from 21 countries around the world, including the US, UK, Spain, Italy, Israel, Germany, Australia, Korea, Iceland, France, and others. For many, it's their first time showing their work in New York.

Foundation Hinge Necklace Tara Locklear LOOT

Inspired by urban landscapes, Tara Locklear's Foundation Hinge necklace is made with repurposed skateboard, sterling silver, and stainless steel.

"MAD and LOOT celebrate not only the work of the artists, but also the artists themselves," say LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp. "The artists love to discuss their jewelry with LOOT visitors and to meet their international colleagues. In this way, MAD fulfills its mission not only to the public but to the artists." 

Sowon Joo Korea MAD LOOT

A necklace by Korean artist Sowon Joo. She uses her pieces to create fairytales for grownups.

The Museum of Arts and Design is the only American museum with a gallery dedicated to the display of both contemporary jewelry exhibits and its own collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry. The exhibit is sponsored by jeweler Paolo Costagli. 

Andrea Rosales Balcarcel

Brooklyn based artist and recent Pratt Institute graduate Andrea Rosales-Balcarcel, inspired by NYC cityscapes, uses watercolors to document scenes in her pieces.

Jane Adam LOOT

UK artist Jane Adam creates bracelets from dyed anodized aluminum. 

Obama by Marianne Batlle LOOT

French artist Marianne Batlle uses glass beads to make one-of-a-kind pins of famous personalities. Here, Barack Obama.

LOOT Exhibit Hours

Tues, April 4         10am-7pm

Wed, April 5          10am-8pm

Thurs, April 6        10am-9pm  

Fri, April 7            10am-6pm

Sat, April 8           10am-6pm 

Entrance to the LOOT is free with museum admission. For more information, visit

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