Mingei International Museum of Folk Art
San Diego, CA
Sandy Swirnoff (b. 1939) began creating knotted fiber jewelry in the early 1990s. Working with antique glass shards from the famed companies of Peynaud, Daum, Galle and Tiffany, she creates unique works of art that merge the old with the new. Swirnoff builds a custom beaded bezel and mount for each irregularly shaped glass piece and combines it with various beads including glass seed beads, vintage and Czech glass beads, freshwater pearls, Carnelian, Serpentine, amber and turquoise. Her knotting process, a form of macramé, is spontaneous and her designs are free form. This exhibition will feature approximately 30 necklaces and bracelets that reveal the artist’s passion for nature, color, and texture.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.