The Vincenzo Beforenowafter Theorem book signing and launch party for Diana Jacobs' “dustmuffin” jewelry company .
Join us for homemade breakfast and dessert muffins, champagne, and of course books, jewelry and assemblages by Ms. Jacobs.
Reception: Sunday, May 3, 2009
1 pm – 4 pm
Diana Jacobs’ Studio
822 S. Wall Street, Unit 201
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Time is a theme in Diana Jacobs’ art: working with history, memory and the layering of ideas though imagery and objects. Walking into Ms. Jacobs’ studio in Los Angeles, one might feel like a character trapped inside of a curio cabinet, or as if they’re poking through their great, great, great grandmother’s interesting-yet-slightly-creepy attic all alone. Curiosity is inspired and the snooping instinct kicks in as one is surrounded by found objects and history: science, botany and biology, 19th Century Doll parts, bones, vintage watches, antique jewels, sparkly beads, brilliant feathers, fabric, wire and wings. Each item has its own unique long story to tell. Ms. Jacobs understands that inanimate objects sometimes need a bit of help expressing themselves.
Ms. Jacobs’ new book The Vincenzo Beforenowafter Theorem is an exploration of time in 25 images. The book contains haunting and thought-provoking images which took Ms. Jacobs and photographer Kerry Vitiello over a year to piece together. During that time, Ms. Jacobs traveled to France and Turkey while Vitiello journeyed to Africa. When they were finally in Los Angeles at the same time, the pair sat down with their individual works, blending and expanding them to create The Vincenzo Beforenowafter Theorem.
Artwork (assemblages and vintage clock installations) usedas inspiration for the images by Diana Jacobs. Photography by Kerry Vitiello. Story by Diana Jacobs and Kerry Vitiello. 9” by 9”, 32 pages, first edition printing of 1000 perfect bound soft cover, $28.00, and a numbered hardcover edition of 500, $58.00, proudly printed on all recycled papers.
A few years ago Diana Jacobs started experimenting with wearable art. Using many of the same elements in her large-scale work, she created and wore her own assemblage pins, brooches and pendants. These pieces attracted customers who purchased her creations right off of her person on the mean streets of Beachwood Canyon! Soon after, Ms. Jacobs started designing earrings and necklaces…
And thus, dustmuffin was born!
And the world rejoiced…especially the cat.
(After all, an entire company was named after her.)
dustmuffin’s designs have three categories:
Celebrate the beginning of spring, year round. Designs created with Venetian glass, fresh Swarovski crystals and other unique beads. Chains from silver or gold.
Classic updated parlor wear. These pieces are created using vintage beads, watch parts, vintage crystals and other findings.
Gilded and glistening!
Stones and gems are the stars. You’ll be cocktail-party ready, that’s for sure. Delicious mounds of crystals, stalactites, tourmaline, turquoise and jade.
Diana Jacobs bio and select images of assemblage and art pieces
Diana Jacobs resume