Precious Metals: Metalsmithing
THE INNOVATORS: Part I
Every creative field has leaders and followers, and
jewelry and metalsmithing are no exceptions. Every month, join master goldsmith
Alan Revere as he finds those who have sparked the imagination and moved
the industry forward
by Alan Revere
We need innovators. They bring new sparks to our lives, move us forward
by introducing new things and new ideas. Innovators aren't satisfied with
what they see around them, and they do something about it. Freud, Picasso,
Ford, Hitchcock, Lalique, Lenin and Lennon are all familiar innovators.
Why are these innovations?
Here are four nominees as innovators, along with their innovative products.
Do you know why?
1. Jose Hess: Heart Pin
2. Michael Good: Anticlastic Earrings
3. Steve Kretchmer: Tension Ring
4. Whitney Boin: Post Ring
Innovators may or may not be the originators of new concepts; they can
also be the ones who bring those new concepts to a larger audience. Lalique
was not the first enamelist, but he carried that medium forward in a significant
way, developed it and made it accessible. John Lennon didn't write the first
rock 'n' roll song, but he sure did a lot to transform the style and interpret
it in his own way.
We also need replicators. Replicators complement innovators, and each
one is essential to the other.
Replicators enable societies to sustain themselves with continuity and
with harmony. They include copiers, reproducers, agents, publishers, factory
workers, marketers, admirers, fans, supporters and consumers.
Innovators contribute new ideas, products and services, which propel
Replicators support innovators by their actions and provide stability.
Who are the innovators in jewelry? What have they brought us and why
is it important? Each month in this space, I will profile an innovator in
the jewelry industry. Some of my subjects will be designers, others will
be technicians. Some have explored new materials, others pioneered new processes.
Some are well-known industry leaders, others are unknowns working alone
in tiny workshops. But each selected individual will exemplify the concept
of innovation, bringing something new to the community.
Any smart innovator will agree innovators need replicators. And all of
us replicators appreciate that we need innovators, even if they do make
us feel a bit uncomfortable some of the time. And just as this symbiotic
agreement finds balance in the universe, it also finds its balance in each
and every microcosm in the universe, including the world of jewelry.
Are you an innovator? Do you know an innovator? If you think so, send
a one-page letter with a non-returnable image describing that innovator
and his or her innovation to Alan Revere at Professional Jeweler,
1500 Walnut St., Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
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