TheLetterAndTheSpirit aka Arthur Baker
Many other designers here on Ponoko have expressed a love of typographic elements in jewelry. Arthur Baker is one of the greatest typographers in the world with hundreds of fonts on the market, but first and foremost, he is an innovative calligrapher and artist. He has had a lifelong love affair with the alphabet.
The author of more than 20 books on calligraphy, he is the acknowledged innovator of the New American Calligraphy movement with his unique artistic expression pushing the creative envelope.
THE STORY OF THE ARTHUR BAKER DESIGNER JEWELRY LINE-
In the early 1980's Arthur released one of his books which was designed to be used largely by graphic artists in their commercial work. The book, "New Calligraphic Ornaments and Flourishes," was purchased by the head of the design department at Tiffany's and distributed to his top designers.
One day in 1983, Arthur opened the NY Times to find an ad for "designs by Tiffany's." Only problem, the designs were taken cookie cutter style directly from Arthur's book!
To make a long story short, after some "legal wranglings," it was ruled that the designs belonged to Arthur alone and Tiffany's removed all of the offending Baker pieces from their line, and Arthur suddenly found himself a Tiffany quality jewelry designer!
My name is Ilene Baranowitz and I have been working with Arthur for many years. I am a designer with a love for jewelry and Arthur turned the project over to me since he knew nothing about jewelry design or the computer. Seeing the intrinsic value in creating a line from Arthur's work, I was his biggest proponent for getting the line produced, and I have spent years trying to make this happen.
The problem has been the cost of producing an entire line of prototypes and making pieces in Sterling Silver. With so many pieces to include in a line, the production costs were prohibitive. For more than 25 years we have been trying to do something with this. Then I found the option to create the pieces in laser cut acrylic and other materials. I have been living and breathing these designs, memorizing and taking each hand-drawn image to heart for all of these years and they are faithful representations of Arthur's hand-drawn work.
Thanks to Ponoko, we are now able to present the Arthur Baker Designer Jewelry to you in stunning black acrylic with either Sterling Silver, stainless steel, silver- or gold-plated findings.
This is just the beginning...
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: I AM IN THE PROCESS OF SELLING MY HOUSE AND MOVING. MY INVENTORY HAS BEEN PACKED AWAY AND I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING! I WILL REOPEN THIS SHOWROOM WHEN i MOVE - AND FIND EVERYTHING!!!
Welcome to The Letter And The Spirit, showcasing jewelry designs by Arthur Baker, the renowned Calligrapher and Type Designer. Be sure to read the story behind this unique Designer line of jewelry, 25 years in the making.
SPECIAL NOTE: All pictures in my showroom (unless otherwise stated) are actual photographs and not drawings. In some cases, I have used Photoshop to brighten the photos where the shadows tend to blend with the images.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ!
All pieces in this line will offer you choices for customization - you will be able to select your choice of neck chain (or pin back), earring type, size (on many designs) and color of accessories all included - however, certain chains and bails are Sterling Silver and therefore there is a small additional charge for these. For now, all pieces will be produced in 3mm black acrylic with various accompanying options. This customization may require up to 2 weeks additional time, but where else can you get a custom piece of jewelry designed by the foremost American Calligrapher and Type Designer and author of over 20 books on calligraphic forms?!?
Pay shipping for the first piece, all additional pieces - up to a quantity of 5 - ship for FREE! Just email me for an adjustment to your PayPal invoice after ordering.
Choose from the 5 current collections -
* New Calligraphic Ornaments and Flourishes
* Swash Initials
* Kigali Zigzag Font Initials
* Calligraphic Cut Paper Designs
* Experimental Calligraphic Squares - an exercise in creating calligraphic elements in 1 inch squares, resulting in a series of hundreds of interesting square design elements. Included here are a few to begin with, and many more to come!
When you place your order, I will be in touch with you to be sure that your custom order is exactly what you desire. Please be sure to check out the chain and bail options pictured on every listing and note that occasionally there is an additional charge for certain premium accessories.