Books & DVDs
Mokume artist Steve Midgett is providing free access to his book Mokume Gane: A Comprehensive Study. It includes a “New Layers” section that covers things that Steve and others have learned since the book was first published. See the book here.
In this comprehensive book, Steve shares the art of Mokume Gane from its ancient beginnings in Japan to its resurgence in the digital age along with detailed how-to information for making mokume by multiple methods, and 5 step by step mokume jewelry projects.
“It is my great hope that making this tried and true information freely accessible, will expand the use and appreciation of the art of mokume gane — that it will dispel some of the misunderstanding surrounding the making of mokume gane and ultimately lead to new innovation in the field,” says Steve.
About Steve Midgett
Steve is internationally recognized as a master of Damascus Steel and Mokume Gane. His fascination with these techniques spans four decades, and he has specialized in patterned metal jewelry since 1989. A JCK Rising Star Designer, Niche Award, Saul Bell Award and two time American Vision Award winner, Steve has led workshops on mokume gane and lectured about his work and research throughout the U.S. and around the world. In 2012 he invited his son Jacob to start Steven Jacob, using new era processes to create distinctive mokume gane and Damascus steel jewelry.
“New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World” by Nicolas Estrada. This marvelously illustrated survey showcases 591 contemporary rings, created by nearly 300 designers from around the world, divided into five sections—one for each finger. A list of many more books is in this week’s news post.
A collection of 101 of the rarest and most historically significant books on gems and jewelry is now available to the public through an extensive digitization project by GIA’s Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center. This and more in this week’s news post.
“CRAFTED: Objects in Flux” by Emily Zilber brings together work by nearly 40 international artists, whose varied approaches are not only pushing but redefining the boundaries of what we call craft today. This book and more in this week’s news post.