The Crying of LOT 222 : A Victorian Brooch Deconstructed

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Article by Donna Bilak

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SNAPSHOT IN TIME. It was early in the afternoon on September 9th, 2013, when Lot 222 came up on the block at Waddington’s Jewellery and Watch Auction in Toronto. Described in the catalogue as a 19th-century 18kt yellow gold brooch weighing 16 grams, its oval body was decorated with a simple filigree pattern embellished …

Linking Human to Nature and Hand to Machine: Marian Bantjes’s Designs

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Article by Brian Donnelly

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ISTORY SUGGESTS THAT even the most unexpected twists and turns never come completely from nowhere. Narratives of the career of designer and artist Marian Bantjes always note her sudden rise, “bursting” onto the scene in 2003, an overnight sensation at age 40. Her commitment to pattern and ornament combines in a fresh style that …