You are cordially invited to attend The Reading Art Association Spring
Art Exhibit and Sale on 5/3/13 through 5/5/13 in Reading, MA where
you will find delightful paintings for your Mother's day gift giving ideas
or to enrich your living or work space. You will also be able to view
and collect six market fresh signed oil paintings by Mimi Dee, one
of Trocadero's web store site owners. For more info please visit
www.mimideeartwear.com or www.readingart.org.
Celebrating our 11th year at Trocadero!
To our clients and visitors here at www.mimideeartwear.com
We would like to thank you for seeking to collect my studio art works under GALLERY OF ORIGINALS BY MIMI DEE
From time to time gremlins grab the controls and mix vintage jewelry with my own new signed studio jewelry. When it has happened Trocadero worked diligently to correct the confusion.
Should it happen again, to find my work, please enter or copy and paste any of these in the search field as follows:
studio not vintage
For my paintings or sculpture please enter or copy and
paste the following in the search field:
Thank you for collecting my signed works!
COLLECTING SIGNED BUTTERFLY METALWORK SCULPTURE JEWELRY
Watching elusive butterfly jewels in our gardens, can conjure up playful childhood memories of yearning to possess those garden jewels if only to examine them closely and try wearing them in one's hair. Speaking from that youthful girl perspective, the iridescent wings did indeed look like gems that could make any little girl squeal with delight and want to own a jewelry box full.
A century ago some did indeed wear them as evidenced by the very collectible vintage butterfly wing jewelry found in numerous antique jewelry sites. One can only hope that they were harvested and that none or few flying gems were sacrificed!
Today, you can still enjoy wearing butterfly motif jewelry. Mimi, a self taught metalwork jewelry artist who has always worked alone and in the modernist tradition, enjoys forging then signing the occasional butterfly metalwork sculpture to be worn as a conversation piece of jewelry. Some of her 10 oz+ sterling sculptures are collected as juried fine art sculpture to be placed in a collector’s case. She hand shapes and hammers the sterling or gold fill form, then adds the gems and gemstones for color and extra value.
To own a signed Mimi Dee metalwork jewelry piece, is to own the only one.
Besides finding vintage butterfly wing jewelry made in faraway places so long ago, Ms Dee’s signed work can be found by visiting www.mimideeartwear.com, www.trocadero.com and www.modernsilver.com under the gallery link. Collectors of signed jewelry may well find Ms Dee’s work for acquisition before she publishes her own book.
MIMI DEE ARTWEAR: WHEN STUDIO JEWELRY IS NOT STUDIO
What is studio jewelry?
With the economy as it is, competition in high gear and the overabundance of all things jewelry, is it any wonder that words once used to describe artists and their work have become buzz words for mass marketing. One does not have far to go to find thousands and thousands of jewelry made overseas and touted as studio jewelry when in reality this common jewelry, no matter how beautiful, has earned its place in the designers' circle by virtue of the mass production reality, no matter how famous the designer.
You have heard the words, ‘one of a kind, handmade jewelry, each piece made by hand by an artisan, we have sold 500 and have 600 more available!’ That's the definition of studio? NO!
Neither a collage nor an assemblage of pre fab parts a studio piece make!
Let us go back to the late 1800’s to the Arts & Crafts movement then to the Mid 20th Century Modernists era to examine the real “studio jewelry” definition. This was signed metalwork jewelry that the artists hand fabricated with their own hands from beginning to end, in their own studio, most often without the use of prefabricated materials. That some often incorporated gemstones or old found objects as part of their design, did not remove them from the “studio jewelry” realm.
Now as then, those gems and old found objects are a very small percentage of the finished piece; the focus being that 90% of the art piece be formed by the artists' own hands when she cuts her own metal pieces from precious metal sheets or wire from spools. Even each chain link should be cut and handformed by the artist to qualify for the Studio title. Purist? Why, yes!
The artists' work should have been entered in juried art shows and the artist having participated in and belonged to known, established art associations.
If it is being 'handmade' by others, overseas, offered for wholesale, appearing in fab, famous store catalogs and/or sold by the 1000s, made for or by famous runway designer houses, then it has advanced to being classified as designer jewelry. This is NOT studio jewelry.
Stamped, cast or pre made components are not part of the Studio reality. Studio jewelry begins and ends at the artist's bench.
When artists, after years of hard work, have become so successful that they must employ others to make or finish their designs, then let them be proud, let them own it and rejoice! They have arrived! But it is time for the artist turned designer/entrepreneur to graduate and let go of that word "Studio" by removing it from their descriptions.
More than ever it is imperative that the distinction be drawn today. Let us continue to examine what is definitely NOT studio jewelry: the use of pre fab, imported metal components on any piece of jewelry whose metal was NOT completely hand fabricated from beginning to end by the original artist at their own USA studio bench. Once he or she hires anyone to create or complete the piece, it ceases to be Studio Jewelry!
Mimi’s work can be found by visiting www.mimideeartwear.com, www.trocadero.com and www.modernsilver.com under the gallery link. Collectors of signed jewelry may well find Ms Dee’s work for acquisition before she publishes her own book.
MIMI DEE ARTWEAR HAS JOINED MODERN SILVER MAGAZINE
Besides vintage jewelry being featured in this gallery shop, Ms. Dee’s own signed, hand wrought, metalwork jewelry, which she fabricates in the Modernist tradition, can be reviewed by the collector of signed studio jewelry.
Oddly enough Mimi has been fabricating jewelry in this manner for years, not knowing who the Modernists were until she joined Trocadero a few years ago. Her education in mid century Modernism continued when she perused Modern Silver Magazine’s Mystery Marks and Silver Forum pages while searching for those pesky unidentifiable marks that many a vintage jewelry dealer is apt to encounter.
Mimi, a self taught artist and working in near isolation for years, has been hand fabricating her primitive studio jewelry in the modernist tradition from beginning to end without the use of imported nor pre fabricated components; nor the use of power tools often leaving tool marks intact. The sterling, gold, gold fill or copper hand hammered sculptural pieces, which she often forms from one piece of metal without soldering, may remain unadorned for years until she weaves in gemstones from faraway places or antique elements.
She feels that her education of the mid century Modernist is more complete now that she has acquired and read autographed book copies of MODERNIST JEWELRY and the latest FORM & FUNCITON by Marbeth Schon, owner and author of Modern Silver Magazine. Mimi’s work can be found by visiting www.mimideeartwear.com, www.trocadero.com and www.modernsilver.com under the gallery link. Collectors of signed jewelry may well find Ms Dee’s work for acquisition before she publishes her own book.
During the Summer and early Fall while frustrated about world events, the high price of precious metals and the drop of the Dow Jones, I hammered copper with wild abandon, until my hands ached.
Reinjuring my right hand due to the self taught trial/errors and unwise handling of the hammer, all I can do now is barely hold my paint brushes. So where are these hammered copper pieces of jewelry? Where are these paintings?
All the signed, hammered copper parures and various necklaces, earrings, cuffs and rings will be accompanied by my signed, handpainted presentation boxes. These boxes still need to be finished prior to photographing and listing. If you are a current collector of my work and wish to preview the newest signed copper studio work, please call 978 975 5148 and leave a voice mail.
What about the paintings? If you are a current collector of my work and wish to preview them, please call. A few landscape watercolors were painted as well.
Hopefully, sunny skies will allow photographing of this more recent work. Oh, speaking of sunny skies, Mimi Dee Artwear's 2008 new clients, preferred repeat clients, art collectors who collect my work, collectors who have left testimonial feedbacks and Trocadero dealers, all who have acquired pieces from www.mimideearwear.com have been mailed hand written, hand addressed greeting cards with a reduced print of an signed original watercolor titled: "Birches and Sunny Skies". The original is available for purchase. Please search #841261 or scroll down to lower left of any catalog page under the Paintings and Sculpture link.
Thank you so much for your continued patronage and for sharing my site and my work with your good friends!
Having been raised on and lived through devastating hurricanes on the Texas Gulf Coast, now living in New England, I have watched the destruction of lives and property that Ike has brought upon those brave and hardy people. That there were not deaths in the 1000s is testament to the preparation and self reliance instilled in early childhood.
Just knee high to a grasshopper, I can still remember putting up our hurricane maps and mapping the coordinates. It was a frightening yet important character building science lesson for a child!
We knew we lived in hurricane country; we prepared!
Interesting isn't it that Ike's vast damage both in the Galveston area and up in the other states does not seem to merit more attention and coverage yet we continue to hear about another one of years past?
These IKE victims are of different stock as they are self reliant, non complaining, salt of the earth people who roll up their sleeves, start the clean up, help their neighbors and are not seen throwing their hands up in the air.
It is for these many reasons that we should all help hurricane Ike's surviors.
In addition to personal donations, I now would like to invite Mimi Dee Artwear clients and visitors to join me in donating to Ike survivors via Salvation Army.
When mentioning IKE donation or this newsletter:
I will give you 10% off and 10% to Salvation Army on any regularly priced purchases (non lot, non net, birthday % nor other specials) through December 20th when using your US check or US Money Order.
Of course, should you wish to dontate your 10%, then 20% of your regularly priced purchase will be forwarded to that Salvation Army's hurricane fund.
All donations are made anonymously to save the charity mailing costs on subsequent requests.
Please go to www.mimideeartwear.com and let us send much needed dollars to Ike's survivors.