Feb 15, 2018

Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox by Mark Fenn,Foreword by Jack Cunningham, PhD

"I received a free book in exchange for writing a review on my blog"

The book, Narrative Jewelry by Mark Fenn has something that many books don't, a story with each piece. This book captured my attention by the front cover, but what really stood out was that it's not a book on fashionable pieces you'd wear or would love to own, but pieces made to represent a story that the creator wants to be seen and told.  

The inside is packed with many different designers that have made unique pieces that represent something, but it also could mean more than just one thing. I can absolutely understand this because when you look at any piece of art, it could be seen different in the eyes of one person and again different in another. So there really is no wrong or right answer, it's just how you see it. 

Let's just say that this book includes plenty of pieces that look different when you wear it. 
There is this one piece that made me think of those in my life who smoke. This one is made to be worn as a choker and uses the material of discarded cigarette butts. My first look at it and all I can say that it's breathtaking, literally all that smoke and what it can do to you especially to your lungs, choking your body from inside. Also, it's a huge piece, and it really is a perfect example of the areas that smoking really effects, being that it's a choker. Plus, the model wearing it, with the smoke coming out of the mouth, the image is just perfect! This one was created by Annelies Hofmeyer, and let me tell you it's not one of those pieces you'd find at a store or online. Definitely a one of a kind piece and something that tells more than one story.

Another wonderful piece that really caught my eyes and brought a memory to my mind is the profile brooch that was created by Marina Sheetikoff. I know that many may see it differently, but this piece made me think of leaping high to reach my goal. What you do see inside the book is that this is a brooch with a pair of legs placed above a cloud or water puddle, but it could mean so much, and that is exactly what each piece in this book is all about!

So without a doubt, this book is an excellent look at feelings and emotions. One thing that it really isn't is just a look of fashion and precious jewelry to wear. If you really want to make a statement, well these pieces do just that and so much more!  I feel It takes my mind to another place, finding stories that would reflect each piece and fit or represent things in my life. I also enjoy the designers and what inspired them to create these pieces. 

Finally, I really think this is for everyone interested in jewelry, art, design, and even those looking to get some inspiration to stand up or do something. Since I truly feel a bit more inspired to see that art can be more than something gorgeous, but something more meaningful. Plus, with all these great pieces, I feel I was granted a book to help bring out the feelings I've never thought I was holding back inside and possibly complete some obstacles that always felt hard to reach.

Information About The Author:
Mark Fenn is a maker and curator of narrative jewelry. He has been making for over thirty years and holds a degree in silversmithing and jewelry design from the University of the Creative Arts UK.

Book Information:
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (October 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764354140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764354144
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.5 x 12 inches
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