Lingua Nigra Trunk Show

The Schomburg Shop Presents: Lingua Nigra Trunk Show 

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1 p.m.


Fully accessible to wheelchairs
ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

Please join the Schomburg Shop as we host a trunk show with jewelry brand Lingua Nigra. Designer, Alicia Goodwin, will be be present the Schomburg Shop with a variety of unique pieces from Lingua Nigra available for purchase.

Lingua Nigra
Latin, n. - def. Black Tongue (leen-gwah nigh-gruh)
Sculptural design for everyday adornment

The Maker: Alicia Goodwin (Chicago, 1980) has been creating jewelry since childhood, but it wasn’t until she was earning her degree at The State University of New York Fashion Institute of Technology that she realized that creating impactful work in metal was her true calling in life. During her 18 years of living in New York City, Alicia worked for many talented small designers and also larger jewelry brands, all the adding work to her own unique line of jewelry. She launched Lingua Nigra soon after graduating F.I.T., creating work inspired in nature with a focus on ancient talismans, victorian era work and mourning sentimental jewelry.

The Process: The work is created using several techniques, most notably acid etching and also metal reticulation. Each approach yields random texture that can never be predicted during process of time and detail. The final result is metal with random textures based on time and process.Shapes are then cut out of the work, or cast items created from wax receive texture. The work is meant to be treasured for a lifetime and becomes even more transformative when electroplated with 22kt gold.

The Work: Made of brass, silver and gold, extra care is given to these works. With nods to everything from markings on beetles to the texture on trees, Lingua Nigra is meant to evoke a timeless feeling that can be worn everyday. The artistry should be shared by wearing.



Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

Programs are photographed and recorded by the Schomburg Center. Attending this event indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any all purposes of the New York Public Library.

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Ayofemi Kirby at Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.


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Event Information:

  • Sat, Jan 12, 2019 to Sat, Jan 12, 2019
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