Mignon Faget (born November 1933) is a jewelry designer based in her native New Orleans, Louisiana. Her family settled in the city in the late 18th century after leaving Saint Domingue. Painter Jacqueline Humphries is her daughter. Jewelry designer John Humphries is her son.
Mignon Faget attended the Roman Catholic Academy of the Sacred Heart as a young woman. She credits much of her talent to her years at H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College where she graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a concentration in sculpture. While at Newcomb College she studied under Jules Struppeck (1915-1993), Pat Travigno (b. 1922) and Sarah "Sadie" Irvine (1887-1970). Faget feels a course entitled "design in nature" taught by Robert Durant "Robin" Feild (1893–1979) had a major influence on her future career. She additionally studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, the Parsons School of Design in New York and print-making at St. Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans.
She launched her first ready-to-wear line in 1969 in a studio in the Riverbend neighborhood of New Orleans. She renovated a barge board cottage and it became the early headquarters housing her studio, jewelry workshop and retail gallery for many years. In 1997, she renovated a neo-classical former bank building to house her company, in addition to having galleries in New Orleans, Metairie, and Baton Rouge. After opening her new facility, she donated her original location on Dublin Street to the Preservation Resource Center.
Faget has designed special commissioned designs for organizations such as the Preservation Resource Center, Desire NOLA, Woodlands Trail and Park, H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
Her jewelry is often inspired by New Orleans architecture and culture or based on forms in nature, many from her Louisiana home. Faget designs by collections and has created works entitled Sea, Romanesque Return, Zea, Animal Crackers, Armament, Schema, among others.
She fabricates in gold, sterling silver, bronze, precious, and semi-precious stones. She also designs items for personal and home adornment and gifts.
After Hurricane Katrina, her business raised over $150,000 in eighteen months, which she donated to artists and arts organizations. Similarly, after BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill she raised nearly $100,000.
In fall of 2010, Mignon Faget was honored with a retrospective exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection entitled Mignon Faget: A Life in Art and Design. The exhibition opened at the Louisiana State Museum Capitol Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 2011.
- City Classic by Susan Langehennig of the Times Picayune, September 2010
- Historic New Orleans Collection Quarterly, Summer 2010: Mignon Faget: A Life in Art and Design (PDF)
- The Gold is in their hands, New York times Student institute
- Louisiana State Museum Host exhibit studying life of Mignon Faget, The LSU Reveille by Emily Herrington, November 2011
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- Finding aid to the Mignon Faget Jewelry Sales Records, Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections, Tulane University