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Projects | December 1, 2014 | By:

Each fall the Museum of Art and Design in New York presents LOOT: MAD about Jewelry, an exhibition and sale showcasing designs from jewelry artists all over the world. For collectors and jewelry lovers, it offers the rare opportunity to meet international jewelry artists and buy one-of-a-kind pieces.

Now in its 14th season, LOOT embodies the museum’s commitment to jewelry as an art form. This year Carnegie Fabrics Inc., a New York, N.Y., textile manufacturer, was a sponsor of the event, taking the opportunity to explore how high-performance textiles could be transformed into artwork.

Carnegie partnered with Vermont artist Danielle Gori-Montonelli, a LOOT veteran known for creating distinctive, often whimsical designs in felt. Gori-Montonelli worked with Carnegie’s Xorel textile, a high performance and environmentally sustainable woven polyethylene, to create three necklaces. Inspired by nature, two of the pieces were made using plain textural Xorel. The third combined digitally printed Xorel wallcovering with felt.

Patrons also had the opportunity to see Xorel on display in a traditional end use as a custom-embroidered wallcovering based on Gori-Montonelli’s silver floral necklace. For details, visit

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