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New Jersey’s Loupe di Montclair gallery specializes in jewelry made from varying, sometimes more common materials, including paper. Amongst the many international artists is Robert Baines, winner of numerous prizes, and professor of jewelry making at the RMIT in Melbourne. He is an expert in traditional technique, and often uses recycled objects that bring complex and original combinations. His pieces have been exhibited in varying museums, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

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"Hey True Blue" brooch, 2011-2013. Sterling silver, gold, electroplate, powdercoat, paint. Gallery Loupe, Montclair.

Amongst other “voices” in contemporary jewelry, his remains absolutely original, revealing an almost obsessive leaning toward complex metallic mesh that evoke figures despite the fact that no specific natural references are made. His colourful, metallic “weaving” takes on geometric shapes, including spheres and cylinders, which imitate flora and fauna. The result is utterly surprising.

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“Bloodier than Black” brooch, 2008. Sterling silver, gold, electroplate, powdercoat, paint. Gallery Loupe, Montclair.
Detail, “Larger than Life Brooch. Sterling silver, gold, electroplate, powdercoat, paint. Gallery Loupe, Montclair.
“A very sweet tune” brooch, gold. Gallery Loupe, Montclair.
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“Larger than Life Brooch. Sterling silver, gold, electroplate, powdercoat, paint. Gallery Loupe, Montclair.
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“Larger than Life Brooch. Sterling silver, gold, electroplate, powdercoat, paint. Gallery Loupe, Montclair.

WHERE: 50 Church St, Montclair, NJ 07042

New Jersey’s Loupe di Montclair gallery specializes in jewelry made from varying, sometimes more common materials, including paper. Amongst the many international artists is Robert Baines, winner of numerous prizes, and professor of jewelry making at the RMIT in Melbourne. He is an expert in traditional technique, and often uses recycled objects that bring complex and original combinations. His pieces have been exhibited in varying museums, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Amongst other “voices” in contemporary jewelry, his remains absolutely original, revealing an almost obsessive leaning toward complex metallic mesh that evoke figures despite the fact that no specific natural references are made. His colourful, metallic “weaving” takes on geometric shapes, including spheres and cylinders, which imitate flora and fauna. The result is utterly surprising.

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The Moodboarders is a glance into the design world, which, in all of its facets, captures the extraordinary even within the routine. It is a measure of the times. It is an antenna sensitive enough to pick-up on budding trends, emerging talents and neglected aesthetics. Instead of essays, we use brief tales to tune into the rhythm of our world. We travelled for a year without stopping, and seeing as the memory of this journey has not faded, we have chosen to edit a printed copy. We eliminated anything episodic, ephemeral or fading, maintaining a variety of articles that flow, without losing the element of surprise, the events caught taking place, and the creations having just bloomed.