From April 3-8, 2017, The Museum of Arts and Design will present LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, its annual exhibition and sale featuring designs from more than 50 emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists. Now in its 17th 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.
The Dutch artists featured at the exhibition are Iris Nijenhuis and Louise Seijen ten Hoorn.
Iris Nijenhuis is an Amsterdam-based designer with a passion for laser cutting and a wide interest in experimental shapes and structures. A graduate of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, she undertook broad research into the use of innovative techniques and set out to extend the value of textile by extracting the essence and adding functionality. By experimenting with laser cutting, she developed a technique in which the fabric is cut into small puzzle pieces. She connects the puzzle pieces manually to create shapes and structures that inspire and serve as the basis for various products. For her accessories collection, she cuts different types of textile by laser. These are washed and dried, then puzzled together into necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Wearers can remove or add pieces to customize the jewelry.
Trained at the Royal College of Art, Dutch-born designer Louise Seijen ten Hoorn lives and works in London, where she creates one-off pieces, small production ranges, and commissions. She works predominantly in metal and uses techniques such as lost-wax casting and traditional jewelry-making methods, as well as 3D printing and electroforming. In her work, she combines geometric forms with figurative human forms that express a dynamic sense of movement. The irrational sentiment of her ideas leads to surreal designs that can be worn or displayed in the home as a small sculpture, object, or wall piece.