John Wind

Giving Found Objects New Life

John Wind, son of the sculptor Dina Wind, was surrounded by a marvelous world of art and culture growing up and he naturally gravitated to an artistic career. Wind studied at the University of Pennsylvania, then at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. After a successful career working under Maximal Art with Hilary Jay, he launched the John Wind Signature Collection in 2004. The collection incorporates the same distinctive sense of whimsy, but with a fresh, modern look. Today, John Wind continues to create imaginative designs.

View of Portobello Road Market

The ‘Portobello Road’ charm necklace perfectly evokes the feel of the collection and is exemplary of the fabulous found-object pieces that have become a signature of his style. Inspired by the Portobello Road and Brick Lane markets that John wandered in search of the perfect quirky and unique vintage pieces, this necklace incorporates found Portobello Road charms on a chunky modern chain.

The Dina Wind Collection

Sold to benefit the Dina Wind Art Foundation

Dina Wind was a global citizen and artist. Born and raised in Israel, she moved to the United States in 1963 with her husband Jerry, settling in Philadelphia. There she raised her family while studying at the University of Pennsylvania, the Barnes Foundation, and with Philadelphia artists Sam Feinstein, Tom Gaughan, and Leon Sitarchuk. Simultaneously, she began her own studio art practice, first in painting and then welded metal sculpture. She became best known as a fearless lady welder at a time when this was quite unusual. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academyof Fine Arts, Woodmere Museum of Art, Grounds for Sculpture, WestCollection, Tel Aviv Museum and more.

Dina Wind, Untitled (Coral Diving), 1970
Dina welding in her studio, 1986

Dina Wind, Spring & Triangle, 2016 at the Woodmere Museum

She was a passionate advocate for the arts, sitting on many boards and believing in the “Power of Art” to help improve individuallives and society at large. With Jerry, Dina traveled the world, studying, appreciating,and collecting art and jewelry everywhere they went. Her personal style was always an extension of her creative spirit, and she wore her jewelry with confidence, mixing bold abstract pieces with family heirlooms. 

Dina passed away in 2014 from ovarian cancer, still young and vibrant at 76. In her memory, her family has created The DinaWind Art Foundation to continue her philanthropy and expand her artistic legacy.

The Dina Wind Art Foundation supports living artists and arts education, sharing the rich story of artist Dina Wind, ensuring her legacy, and promoting her art to inform and impact artists. As a female champion in a predominantly male world, she was an early advocate of creating work withan environmental message and was an outspoken supporter of social justice. The Dina Wind Art Foundation is inspiring tomorrow’s generation of art lovers and practitioners who are committed to making a difference