Cara CRONINGER , a pioneer in the use of plastics, acrylics, resins, and leather, was an American great! I met her when we were both represented by SCULPTURE TO WEAR gallery in 1974. She was beginning to be featured in top fashion magazines due to her collaborations with GEOFFREY BEENE . Some of her pieces in my private collection are from her very early days in fashion news. I represented her from the day I opened ARTWEAR in 1977 and even long after I closed the gallery. She was a color genius, and master sculptress. Her forms and techniques were so original, with a strong shamanic feeling, embedded with her soul and spirits that traveled through her into her work. While the acrylic slice bangles would sell in groupings of 3-5, or even one at a time @$70 each, she was a raging success. A leader in the realms of art jewelry, women artists, fashion jewelry history.
1979, ARTWEAR held an exhibition called Au. 24k Gold and this is one of the pieces that Cara made for the show. Each artist was given 1 oz of pure gold to work into a multifaceted collection, as a way of encouraging expansion in the artists involved. This is a strong classic and forever piece of jewelry art. It is a testament to the rich soul of this woman, Cara.
25k gold in resin