In a time of heightened activism and social change, minority groups are demanding what they deserve. The gatekeepers of various industries are typically privileged white men. Without an influx of new perspectives the same redundant narratives will continue to be told.
As humans, we are inclined to categorize and label aspects of the world. There always has to be a word or descriptor for something. Whether its race, sexuality, or political parties everything has to have its own clearly defined classification. However, these boxes can often pigeonhole a person and limit how much society allows them to evolve. This problem is extremely prevalent in the entertainment industry. You often hear artist complain about being typecast or how the media will make comparisons that become hard for them to escape. The same can be said of Texan singer Leon Bridges.
When looking at art it’s easy to consider the evolution of creative expression. There are various forms, techniques, and periods. However, like most artistry, they are all influenced by one another. Subjective art has the ability to elicit emotions no matter if it is positively or negatively perceived. Many art traditions evolve and grow while still remaining as a medium among present-day creatives. This is applicable to the work of Georgia artist, Leigh Ann Culver, who has more than a decade of experience in creating distinctive pieces of art.
An integral part of most outfits are the accessories used to accent a look. Jewelry has reemerged as an important sector within the fashion industry. It’s no longer all about diamonds, other gemstones are finally getting their chance to shine. A prominent example of this can be found in the work of jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth. While some of Neuwirth’s jewelry features diamonds they are rarely the focal point of her pieces. Several of her collections have been comprised of opal, turquoise, emerald, and several other precious or semiprecious stones. Neuwirth has discovered a way to bridge the gap between high and low end fashion through the creation of her luxury jewelry brand.