Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cynthia Gale Creates a Jewelry Collection Inspired by Eugene Grasset Prints

Created to coincide with the opening of the Americas Wing and Shapiro Family Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on November 20th, Cynthia Gale has been working in conjunction with the MFA to create a beautiful new addition to her signature collection, inspired by Eugene Grasset prints.


Working with plates from Plants and Their Application to Ornament (Wild Rose, plate 68 and Columbine, plate 11), Cynthia Gale has reinterpreted the beautiful stylized flowers of Grasset (1841-1917), a Swiss graphic designer and teacher of decorative arts in Paris in the late 19th Century. Developing influential theories of graphic design and emphasizing a reliance on organic patterns while developing decorative motifs, Eugene Grasset was influential in graphic, jewelry, ceramics, furniture and fabric design.

The illustrated work resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Says Katie Muldoon, Associate Buyer of Jewelry and Textiles, “Plants and their Application to Ornament by Eugene Grasset is a beautifully printed book in the permanent collection of the MFA, Boston. We enjoyed reviewing plate designs and jewelry concepts with Cynthia and are very happy with her interpretation of the artist’s illustrations.” 

Says Cynthia Gale regarding the collection, "My new Grasset Collections celebrate repoussé, the distinctive metalwork technique featured in Cynthia Gale Signature. This hand-hammered, labor intensive process is used to shape the Columbine and Rose motif, resulting in soft, sculpted floral forms. Through the incorporation of blush pink pearl and hand cut, white mother of pearl, Grasset's soft color palette comes alive with a gentle, customized femininity that every woman loves to feel!"
Mother of pearl, pink pearl and sterling silver are used to recreate the Wild Rose and the Columbine into a variety of classic and chic accessories for women. Necklaces, earrings, pins and bracelets are available for purchase online through the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston online shop, at the museum’s store or select items are available on the GeoArt by Cynthia Gale website. http://www.geoartnyc.com.

GeoArt by Cynthia Gale specializes in artisan-crafted sterling silver jewelry. Her signature collections are licensing partnerships with over fifteen of the nation’s top museums and cultural institutions and the GeoArt by Cynthia Gale line has evolved from ideas reflecting the rich cultural diversity of New York City and Cynthia’s passion for it. Our philosophy is simple: to create exquisite, quality sterling silver jewelry designs inspired by art and the world around us.