From October 6-10, 2014, The Museum of Arts and Design will present LOOT: MAD about Jewelry, its annual exhibition and sale featuring designs from 50 emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists, including the work of Dutch designer Annemiek Broenink and jewelry designer Loekie Heintzberger.
Now in its 14th edition, LOOT has become known as the ultimate pop-up shop for contemporary artist-made jewelry, where collectors and jewelry enthusiasts have the rare opportunity to meet and acquire pieces from some of the most innovative creators in the field. LOOT is in keeping with the long-standing commitment of the Museum of Arts and Design to present jewelry as an art form. MAD is the only American museum to possess a gallery dedicated to the display of both temporary jewelry exhibits and its own collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry.
Dutch designer Annemieke Broenink has a passion for developing new applications for basic materials that were originally intended for more mundane purposes—in particular, rubber. Educated as a fashion designer, Broenink worked for many years in design and sales in Amsterdam’s fashion industry. Starting in 2004, she began to design a collection of necklaces out of her own studio that are a combination of art, craft and fashion. Rubber is a great source of inspiration for Broenink, inviting her to explore new directions.
Loekie Heintzberger creates unique, elegant pieces of jewelry that are suitable for everyday wear. Her inspiration comes mainly from nature and its elegant organic forms. Heintzberger’s primary material is gold in the form of hair-fine wires, which may be twisted and turned, knotted and milled, or combined with non-precious materials to make them flexible. Born in Uitgeest, the Netherlands, by the age of 19 she had moved to the United Kingdom. After training as a silversmith for three years, she studied jewelry design at Central Saint Martins, and finished her education by graduating from the Royal College of Art. She spent five years as a fulltime designer for De Beers before moving back to Holland to set up her own studio. Her work combines old techniques and classical elements with contemporary materials and ideas.