Jewelry designer, Tod Pardon of Saratoga, New York, won Best in Show at Durango Arts Center’s National Jewelry Design Exhibition. First place in the Colorado show garnered Pardon a prize of $1,500.
Pardon specializes in pins, also called brooches, that have the distinction of a work of art in jewelry. His pins come with a stand for displaying when not being worn. Pardon is recognized not only as a jewelry maker and designer, but also as an artist. So, what makes for his prize-winning works?
For starters, his designs stand as jewelry and sculpture while emulating modernist paintings. Instead of paint, Pardon employs sterling silver metalwork and inlay of wood, glass, gold and sometimes gemstones.
His brooches take on an anthropomorphic character that manifest from the worlds of computer graphics, African culture, pop art, and surrealism. Everyone sees someone they know in his figures. Admirers often recognize themselves in the designs in hidden expressions of life’s passages and changes. Tod Pardon’s artistry qualifies as innovation when the outward manifestations in art express that which is deeply hidden within us.
Pardon’s art is represented in Patina Gallery in Santa Fe. Most of his brooches sell for $2,200. For their money, customers get innovative jewelry designs and contemporary sculptures for the home, a two for one investment in contemporary art.