Mixed-Media Collage Jewelry: New Directions in Memory Jewelry by Janette Schuster, published by Lark Books (March 3, 2009).
I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word Collage I think of paper, scissors, glue, fabric, and flattish artworks. Janette Schuster’s book brings together tools such as anvils, mallets, findings, metals, files, drills, rivets, solder, glass, patinas, photographs and found objects to create truly amazing jewelry.
Schuster very clearly describes and illustrates the techniques that she uses for making her items, and each project is very well photographed, making this a fascinating book to pore over, even if you are not working on one of the projects. Not only are the techniques described in great detail, but the author includes a section for each project on the inspirations that she used to create her items, and the process that you could use to make the project your own.
There are a number of gallery pages in this book, showcasing the jewelry art of a number of artists, and describing the influences, creative process and inspiration of the artists. If combining hardware, found objects, photographs and jewelry is your thing, or sounds as though it could become your thing, then definitely check out this book.
About the reviewer: Kate is a busy mother of four and has far too many craft projects on the go at any one time. These could include, but are not limited to, crochet, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.