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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-06-10

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10 1988

Special to The Jewish News


he Ann Arbor art
fairs, all three of them,
will be held five weeks
from now, from July 20 to 23.
Some 1,000 craftspeople and
over a third-of-a-million peo-
ple are expected to descend
into Tree City to buy, sell and
look. And Vicki Schwager,
jeweler, is ready and willing
to meet the surging crowds.
She's been busy in her studio,
making her pieces so supplies
don't run out. In fact, she's
rather looking forward to the
whole experience.
Schwager and the art fair,
more particularly the Sum-
mer Arts Festival Fair, go
back a long ways together.
"Six months after I started
working in jewelry I went to
the fair," Schwager says. That
was a dozen years ago and, if
anything, Schwager enjoys
the experience more today.
This year, her booth will be
located on Main Street in
front of Kiddyland.
Unlike some artists, who
would rather never leave
their studios, Schwager
almost revels in the hustle
and bustle of the
marketplace. "I like to sell,"
she admits.
Of course, she likes people
to buy her work because she
and her assistants can make
a living that way. But she has
other reasons as well. "These
peices don't come alive until
they're on someone," she
Schwager wants people to
wear her works and she
wants her works to be worn.
As a result, she is very much
involved with who's buying
her work.
She points out how the
shape, texture and color of her
pieces interact with the face
and the neck. But those aren't
the only characteristics that
come into play. There are sub-
tle psychological elements,
Schwager believes, in wearing
"Hand-made jewelry gives
self-confidence. If you're wear-
ing a pair of earrings and peo-
ple stop you on the street and
compliment your earrings it's
a compliment to you."
Schwager evidently feels
strongly enough about this
side of jewelry selling that
she's been known to dissuade
customers from buying par-
ticular pieces.
Some customers who have
bought Schwager's jewelry
might think that her reputa-

Vicki Schwager: "I take the standard norm and don't do it."

tion is based on her copper
earrings. Others are familiar
with her pure silver and gold
pins. But Schwager can't be
easily catagorized. For one
thing, she works with a broad
variety of metals such as
titanium, niobium, yellow
and white gold, and brass.
But she is completely open to
working with and using other
materials; anything from
semi-precious gemstones like
tourmaline and pearl to
snake vertebra, mother of
pearl-etched gambling chips,
Chinese turquoise, soapstone
and even an 1800s brass pen-
cil sharpener she found at the
Ann Arbor-Saline antiques

Her eclectic use of
materials is reinforced by her
openness to using different
techniques and styles. "I
don't like to do anything
regular," Schwager explains.
"I take the standard norm
and don't do it."
One reason for Schwager's
iconoclastic approach toward
her craft can be explained, as
she will admit, by her lack of
formal training in the trade.
She had no intention of
becoming a jeweler when she
went to college, and it was on-
ly when she couldn't find full-
time work as a teacher in
Ann Arbor when she first ar-
rived in 1970 that she began
toying with metals.
She admits that as time has
gone on she thinks of herself
more and more as an idea per-
son, a designer, than as a
technically proficient crafts-
person. "If you judge my work
by traditional jewelry stan-
drads, I fail," she says. On the
other hand, because she
doesn't see limits to body or-

namentation she's open to ex-
periementation and that can
make her work interesting
and arresting. "I have
tremendous flexibility and
freedom and no guilt."
As if to prove her point, one
of her newest lines of jewelry
that will be appearing at the
fair is her "artifact series."
This is a wonderful and
fascinating group, primarily
of necklaces, that blend old
and contemporary objects

Schwager almost
revels in the bustle

together. Using items like
amber, African trade beads,
jadite, Alaskan ivory fishing
implements, pipestone, horn
and other materials she's col-
lected over the years,
Schwager has assembled
jewelry pieces that give a
sense of time's passage.
Schwager got her inspira-
tion for the series from dif-
ferent sources including the
pre-historic cave art of
Although Schwager pulls
ideas from many different
sources, there are some
primal influences. Probably
the one that's most direct
comes from her childhood in
the southwest. The vision of
the mountains and the sky
have not left her. "Every time
a cloud passes over the land-
scape it changes the way
things look — the very folds
in the mountains, the colors,
are subtly altered."
Schwager also points out
that when she was growing
up, the people in the region
had an "integrity of spirit," as
she calls it. She senses that
some of those sentiments are
expressed in her works.

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