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Marthe Le Van has held the positions of glass curator and creative director of a contemporary art gallery. She has also coordinated glass exhibitions for national and international galleries and museums.
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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Series
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579904807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579904807
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This books shows truly extraordinary creations in an amazing variety of materials and techniques. I own "1000 rings" and "500 brooches" and had therefore equally great expectations for this collection. However, in the order of publication of these books there seems to be a trend towards more emphasis on bizarreness at the cost of esthetics and wearability. Originality should not mean that functionality must be reduced in order to count as "art jewelry". Vice versa it seems that jewelry in traditional designs and techniques is not worth selecting (although very often they require much better skills). Many of the pieces would be more suited to appear in a collection of art sculptures rather than jewelry. Finally, since there was no lack of entries (more than 3000), it is a pity that several nearly identical entries from the same artists were chosen instead of giving a different artist a chance to display his or her work (example: two bracelets made from used coffee filters; the originality is appreciated but one piece would have sufficed to present the idea). I am curious how "500 Necklaces" will turn out.
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I own this book, 500 Brooches, and 1000 Rings. This one is the worst of the 3, I think the other 2 are great. Overall these bracelets are just not that interesting, and there seem to be too many of them, by different artists, that are similar. One artist has 2 pieces in the book that are almost identical. I don't know what went wrong with this book. Was it the jurors? Is it that no one is making interesting bracelets? Is it that they didnt get many submissions?

Its not all bad. Theres some good pieces. If you like the brooches and rings books, you should still get this book, just don't expect too much. Anyway, its pretty cheap on amazon.
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I'm a designer and jeweller and I found this book as a explotion of imagination and creativity; that bring me inspiration to develope my own ideas.
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I appreciate thinking out of the box, but this is ridiculous. It is as if the challenge was to look through a garbage can and come up with materials for a bracelet. Noodles, coffee filters, crayons, birthday candles... nothing practical. Nothing a person would actually wear. The only practical bracelet is on the cover (a little mis-representative of the rest of the material). I was looking for inspiration and got nothing. This is a waste of paper.
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this is a big disappointment, given the other wonderful books in the series. while the designs may be "cutting edge" techniques, too many of them also look either incredibly uncomfortable or impossible to wear - many look almost like art school failed projects.
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I own 5 books in this series and they are inspiring. 500 Earrings was curated by Allen Revere. He obviously knows a thing ot two about jewelry making. This collection has little to inspire or even interest if you work in metals instead of coffee filters. I would like to return it as I doubt I'll look at it again. What a disappointment!
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I can't understand why this book has an average of only 3 stars..... wait, I can. I think some people wanted stylish bracelets on every page, instead of the stylish bracelets _and_ true, melt-your-brain art in the pages of this book. Guess they resist having their brains melted....it does sound scary.

Not me. Not the people I know -- I'm sending them all emails urging them to go out and BUY THIS BOOK NOW! What an inspiration! It would drop-kick you out of any creative slump just looking at half a dozen pages on the darkest day. It encourages thinking outside the box like no other book I've ever read or seen -- but I'm highly visual in my orientation. Maybe that's it. Some people are more cerebral in their approach. That must be it. I TREASURE THIS BOOK.
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Exhibit A in the case against buying books without being able to browse them first. If strapping a can opener to your wrist with adhesive tape counts as a bracelet, then there are 500, but many are pretense and most are unwearable. This book is just silly.
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