Dialogue & Studio Series: Mourning Jewelry
$25 – $30
Dialogue & Studio Series: Mourning Jewelry

Dialogue & Studio Series: Mourning Jewelry

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American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square

New York, NY 10023

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On the occasion of the exhibition Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America, jeweler and educator, Karen Bachmann, will lead a mourning jewelry workshop, in which participants are taught the tradition of hairwork jewelry. Participants will produce hairwork flowers made from horsehair.

All materials will be provided. Limited to 12 participants.


Karen Bachmann specializes in jewelry, hollowware, and decorative art. She has special interests in medieval, memento mori, Renaissance, Baroque, and 19th century work. She is a practicing studio jeweler with over 25 years of experience creating fine jewelry and is a former master jeweler at Tiffany & Co. Her work, which can be found in international private and public collections, has been exhibited extensively. She teaches in both the Art History and Fine Art departments at Pratt Institute. She is also an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Karen is an artist and scholar in residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn. Her work has been published in Art Jewelry Today and the Lark 500 series of books. Published works include Hairy Secrets: Human Relic as Memory Object in Victorian Hairwork Jewelry and Queen of the Stone Age: the Venus of Willendorf.


Image: Harriet Mackie (The Dead Bride), P. R. Vallée (act. 1803-1815), Charleston, South Carolina, 1804, Watercolor and graphite pencil on ivory, 2 7/16 x 1 15/16”. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, 1936.300. Photo courtesy Yale University Art Gallery.

For questions please call Rachel Heidenry, Coordinator of Public Programs, at 212.595.9533 Ext. 382


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