Florida CraftArt invites you to submit your work for consideration in our upcoming exhibition, RESILIENT: Jewelry that Empowers This show aims to explore the intersection of contemporary cultural movements and the art of jewelry-making, such as, but not limited to, the renewed interest in the environment, Afrofuturism, and ideas surrounding resiliency, a concept that has become increasingly relevant in the aftermath of the disruptions caused by the pandemic and other historic milestones of our time.
The Timeless Power of Talismans: Throughout history, jewelry has played a profound role as a talisman—a symbolic object believed to possess magical properties that bring good luck and protection. In times of uncertainty, people have turned to jewelry not only as adornment but as tangible sources of strength and inspiration. The talismanic qualities of jewelry hold the potential to empower the wearer on their journey through unpredictable and challenging landscapes.
Possible areas of interest:
- Renewed Interest in the Environment: In a world increasingly aware of environmental challenges, how are artists using jewelry to express their concern, hope, and commitment to sustainability? We are looking for pieces that explore the beauty of nature, environmental stewardship, and the intersection of art and ecology.
- Afrofuturism: Afrofuturism explores the intersection of African culture with technology, science fiction, and fantasy. How can jewelry be a vessel for expressing the Afrofuturist aesthetic, visions of the future, and the rich cultural heritage of the African diaspora? Artists are encouraged to explore innovative materials and techniques that reflect the spirit of Afrofuturism.
- Resiliency in the Face of Disruption: The global pandemic and other historic milestones have underscored the importance of resilience. How are artists using jewelry to convey stories of strength, adaptation, and perseverance? We invite submissions that reflect on the challenges of our times and celebrate the human spirit’s ability to endure and evolve.
By exploring the talismanic nature of jewelry, RESILIENT seeks to not only showcase artistic creativity but also celebrate the enduring power of adornment as a source of comfort, inspiration, and empowerment in the face of contemporary challenges.
We look forward to receiving your submissions and curating an exhibition that not only reflects cultural trends but also honors the age-old tradition of jewelry as a talismanic companion on life’s journey.