Ornament Magazine

VOL37.1 2014

Ornament is the leading magazine celebrating wearable art. Explore jewelry, fashion, beads; contemporary, ancient and ethnographic.

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juried show for which he designed a specific jewelry item was the 2006 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. Pruitt planned a concho belt made of stainless steel rather than traditional silver. Also, instead of adorning the center in a typical way with a single turquoise or a cluster of stones, Pruitt planned that the center of each concho would hold an actual one hundred dollar casino chip. Each chip would be from a different Southwestern casino giving each center a different look and at times a different color. According to Pruitt, "I gave my sister Anne nine hundred dollars to run around to different casinos and buy one hundred dollar chips." Pruitt won a second place ribbon at the Heard Fair in the jewelry division for belts as well as two honorable mention awards for entries in the personal adornment division. He created quite a stir at the Fair not only for the stainless steel belt, which was titled "Wampum Belt—Balancing the Good and the Bad," but also for his entire jewelry line. Of particular interest was a series of bracelets of varying widths that were made of stainless steel but the top of each was covered with stingray leather. The irregular, somewhat bumpy surfaces of the stingray leather and the reflective almost iridescent qualities added to the mystique of the jewelry. From that point on, Pruitt's entries in the Heard Fair and in the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Market in Santa Fe have been unusual but distinctive in terms of precision, line and form. Several other interesting entries in the Heard Fair are worth noting. In 2007, Pruitt won the Conrad House Award for Innovation for "Lucky 13," the studded collar and chain made in memory of his dog Mooch. In 2008, he was awarded an honorable mention for a bracelet "Gold Lightning," and in 2011 for a necklace "CSSTV.2.0" and again in 2012 "Tactical Cowboy hydraulic press formed, pulse arc welded, electro-anodized, sanded, 2013. F1 SERIES V2.0 of 316L stainless steel, fine silver, teflon coating, natural coral, natural bisbee turquoise; CNC machined, hydraulic press formed, pulse arc welded, hand inlay, collaboration with Chris Pruitt, 2011. BELT BUCKLE of zirconium 702, MokuTi (forge welded titanium); CNC machined, hydraulic press formed, pulse arc welded, flame oxidized and forced oxidization, sanded, 2013.

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