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Safe Haven, Korey Burns 2018 Stephen F. Austin State University

Safe Haven, Korey Burns

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Safe Haven is a body of work that reflects my interest in different cultures that have similarities to my personal background. Recreating familiar symbols, colors, textures, and finishes, I create wearable sculptures that communicate memories based upon historic imagery from areas that have impacted my life. By being able to clasp a necklace or pin a brooch on, the viewer physically engages with the work. This interaction resembles my own experiences within the areas I traveled and artists that I have met. With the combination of different metalworking techniques and personal experiences, I am able to developed work that adorns ...


An Analysis Of Trade-Offs: The Artisan Fair Trade Sector, Stephanie Leiderman 2018 Clark University

An Analysis Of Trade-Offs: The Artisan Fair Trade Sector, Stephanie Leiderman

International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

This paper examines the history, frames, critiques and current applications of Fair Trade in the artisan sector, with an eye to raising up the specific trade-offs being made, and their implications for an evolving artisan market in the global north and south. It includes a discussion of the history of the Fair Trade idea, including that sector’s increasing focus on certification, agricultural commodities, and corporate involvement. It investigates the potential lessons the artisan sector can learn from the agricultural one, as well as the lessons learned from current actors in the artisan Fair Trade field. Using a continuum of ...


Keep Watch-Ing, 2018 Vocational Training Council

Keep Watch-Ing

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

During September, the exhibition Swiss Accessory and Watch Design by HEAD - Genève came to HKDI with a vision of the future for watch and jewellery design


From 3d To 3d, Erik O. Lozano, Lauren B. Selden, Robert Z. Selden Jr. 2018 School of Art, Stephen F. Austin State University

From 3d To 3d, Erik O. Lozano, Lauren B. Selden, Robert Z. Selden Jr.

CRHR: Archaeology

From 3D to 3D is a research project that involves traditional ceramics and technology to re-create a clay vessel at different scales and in different materials while trying to understand aesthetic and perceptions of value. With a background in Industrial Design, I have always been interested in technology and fabrication methods, three-dimensional (3D) printing being one of them. However, this often implies repetition and standardization, and as an artist I strive to create one-of-a-kind objects that include evidence associated with the making process. Part of my work is based on traditional forms that incorporate small alterations. I use one or ...


Sewing And Reminiscence, Yukun Hao 2018 University of Iowa

Sewing And Reminiscence, Yukun Hao

University of Iowa Honors Theses

Traditionally, jewelry/metal artists were mostly limited to using enamel or patina to enrich their pieces. Nowadays, in the contemporary jewelry/metal art world, artists are free to bring new organic or synthetic materials and textures into their works. Throughout my experience working with metals, I have been interested in exploring this new approach; combining traditional metal techniques with updated, organic materials. This interest inspired me to create a project where I could incorporate threads with copper by using hand sewing, rather than modern techniques.

My plan for this project was to create a piece, which included hollowed-out geometric shapes ...


Converging Objects Of The Universe, Everett Hoffman 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Converging Objects Of The Universe, Everett Hoffman

Theses and Dissertations

Reconfigured found objects shape scenes of everyday life, questioning the structural histories that go into defining an identity. Engaging in a multidisciplinary approach of making, my work reimagines the function of ornamentation and its relationship to the body. I approach new materials and found objects with the eye of a jeweler, highlighting and exploiting the subtle, and often invisible, links between material histories and their connection to identity. Material debris patinated with age like skillets, baseballs, and furniture are used to penetrate normative structures around identity, gender, and sexual desire. Using adornment as a support in my installations I propose ...


Edgelands, Anne Bujold 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Edgelands, Anne Bujold

Theses and Dissertations

Animal imagery has been part of the human effort to understand our place in the world since the beginning of recorded history. Through examining the role and use of animal imagery in the creation of cultural signals, I have developed a framework for my practice. Edgelands employs representations of feral animals as symbols for the “misfit” to emphasize the value of those who do not fit in. My experience as a woman in the field of metal work informs my material choice and process, subverting ironwork motifs and the purpose of gates and boundaries. Edgelands overlaps a series of material ...


Through My Window, Haiyin Liang 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Through My Window, Haiyin Liang

Theses and Dissertations

I convey my thoughts through art jewelry; making jewelry is my language of communication and commemoration. Inspired by historical Chinese art and contemporary jewelry, my practice pays attention to bring classical Chinese aesthetics of hazy poetic and ideal arrangement into the contemporary jewelry field. The attention to detail refers to the quiet contemplation and emotional experiences encouraged by each of my works. Through my research, I use metalsmithing language to communicate with non-precious materials finding my own way of expression and meditation. Meanwhile, I build environments that display jewelry off the body in order to construct a picturesque landscape. The ...


Anxious?: Re-Designing Women’S Jewelry To Help Manage Symptoms Of Anxiety Disorders, Nourbanu Feras Hijazi 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Anxious?: Re-Designing Women’S Jewelry To Help Manage Symptoms Of Anxiety Disorders, Nourbanu Feras Hijazi

Theses and Dissertations

Anxiety is a common and often stigmatized condition. Destigmatizing mental disorders can positively impact people’s interaction and communication with others and can prompt conversations in which people share their experiences with mental health, leading to improved societal understanding and perception.

My design solution tackles behavioral symptoms of anxiety, specifically two conditions that fall under obsessive-compulsive behavior: Dermatillomania and Trichotillomania. By redesigning women’s jewelry to specialized accessories, my intention is for these objects to help destigmatize these conditions and relieve symptoms of maladaptive behaviors and hurtful impulses. By redirecting these irresistible urges to an external artifact, the objects are ...


Textile Society Of America Newsletter 29:2 — Fall 2017, Textile Society of America 2017 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Textile Society Of America Newsletter 29:2 — Fall 2017, Textile Society Of America

Textile Society of America Newsletters

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Development Committee

Letter from the President

TSA's 2018 Symposium: The Social Fabric: Deep Local to Pan Global

Textile Society of America 30th Anniversary
The Textile Society of America: Its Foundation and Early Days
Textile Society of America: A Community Endeavor and a Personal Journey

TSA News:
TSA Honors Louise Mackie and Anne Wilson
R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award 2016 and Call for Nominations 2017
Textiles Close Up: Bloomington Blues
TSA Welcomes New Contributors
Woven Interiors: Late Antique Textiles in DC Collections

Camille Ann Brewer at the Textile Museum of America ...


The Shrine System: Votive Culture And Cult Sculpture, Enshrining Space In 11th To 13th Century France, Kristen N. Racaniello 2017 CUNY Hunter College

The Shrine System: Votive Culture And Cult Sculpture, Enshrining Space In 11th To 13th Century France, Kristen N. Racaniello

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

Possible relationships between northern and southern French shrines are examined in this paper through case studies of the shrines at Chartres and Conques. The materiality of cult statues and votive objects, the body as performative tool, and institutional motivations are considered for their bearing on the shrine as a system.


The Last Objects, Melissa Tyson 2017 Rhode Island School of Design

The Last Objects, Melissa Tyson

Masters Theses

All material carries a past. Whether we acknowledge this lineage or not, it exists. It may be to our advantage — as a way of orienting ourselves in our world — to consider the cycles of creation and destruction intrinsic to the objects and materials that surround us. By deliberately pushing material into its next incarnation, and tracing the history of objects, I simultaneously reach forward and backward, determining my place in the world.

My experience as a jeweler has led me to an understanding that what is true for metal is also true for us: matter is neither lost nor gained ...


Materializing Conflict And Resilience, Neta Ron 2017 Rhode Island School of Design

Materializing Conflict And Resilience, Neta Ron

Masters Theses

As I was growing up, making objects felt like a superpower. It was, and still is enchanting to take an idea and transform it to an existing, tangible thing. I grew up in a family that encouraged self-sufficiency and creativity. Art has always been a great part of my life and it is an anchor that I rely on when I feel that I need to strengthen myself emotionally. In the last two years, I have been focused on understanding what is the role of making in my life, and why I am attracted to making jewelry. My work allows ...


Viewing Heaven: Rock Crystal, Reliquaries, And Transparency In Fourteenth-Century Aachen, Claire Kilgore 2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Viewing Heaven: Rock Crystal, Reliquaries, And Transparency In Fourteenth-Century Aachen, Claire Kilgore

Theses, Dissertations, and Student Creative Activity, School of Art, Art History and Design

This thesis examines reliquaries and objects associated with medieval Christian practice in fourteenth-century Aachen. The city's cathedral and treasury contain prestigious relics, reliquaries, and liturgical items, aided by its status as the Holy Roman Empire's coronation church. During the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV (r. 1349-1378), reliquaries, pilgrimage, and architecture reflect late medieval interests in vision, optics, and transparency. Two mid-fourteenth century reliquaries from the Aachen Cathedral Treasury, the Reliquary of Charlemagne and the Three-Steepled Reliquary, display relics through rock crystal windows, in contrast to the obscuring characteristics of earlier reliquaries. Not only do the two ...


The Reciprocal Relationship Between Art And Occupational Therapy Practice, Jennifer Fortuna 2017 WMU

The Reciprocal Relationship Between Art And Occupational Therapy Practice, Jennifer Fortuna

The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy

Susan Burwash, Ph.D., OTR/L, an occupational therapy professor and artist based in Washington State, provided the cover art for the Winter 2017 issue of the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT). The featured piece contains Professor Burwash’s signature fauxpals, lampwork glass beads made from molten glass and pure silver foil. Art creates balance between traditional medicine and personal medicine, those meaningful activities that give life purpose. Professor Burwash’s personal medicine is making beautiful things that can be given away.


The Stained Glass Windows Of The Dewey Graduate Library, Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno 2017 University at Albany, State University of New York

The Stained Glass Windows Of The Dewey Graduate Library, Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno

Dewey Graduate Library History

The history and description of the ten 20th century stained glass windows given to the Dewey Graduate Library of the University at Albany by the senior classes of the State Normal College and the New York state college of Teachers.


Sound Perception:Encapsulating Intangible Voice Memories In A Physical Memento, Mona Mahmoud Makhlouf 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar

Sound Perception:Encapsulating Intangible Voice Memories In A Physical Memento, Mona Mahmoud Makhlouf

Theses and Dissertations

We live in a very busy world with a variety of sensory stimulation including the olfactory, visual, tactile, and auditory. The five senses are triggered by our surroundings and help us to form meaning about the world.ⅰ Based on where someone grows up, she or he is introduced to various sites and sounds, affecting how they interpret the world. Sounds relate meaning through the association between hearing, memory and an event. Hearing is one of the learning processes, in which individuals give, receive, and store information. We typically rely on our five senses, which contribute to the process of ...


Electroforming On Ceramic, Yen-Lin Tsai 2017 University of Iowa

Electroforming On Ceramic, Yen-Lin Tsai

University of Iowa Honors Theses

Electroforming is a very fascinating technique in metalsmithing. Through this project I want to learn how to use electroforming to create an organic shape and effect. Many artists often think the nodules resulting from the electroforming are very annoying, and ugly. I think they are very beautiful. Through this research, I want to learn how to manipulate the process of electroforming to turn something considered ugly into something beautiful. I was inspired by the jelly fish when I was looking for ideas for this project. The form of the jellyfish is very simple, but also complicated.

Initially, I learned and ...


Love Rings: From Ancient Egypt To The 19th Century, Solah Hwang 2017 Sotheby's Institute of Art

Love Rings: From Ancient Egypt To The 19th Century, Solah Hwang

MA Projects

This curatorial proposal accounts for an exhibition on the history of love rings from the ancient Egyptian period to the 19th century. It began with the belief that the void space in circlet objects carries more than what it seems; despite the small size, its symbolic power is evidently weighty. This proposal was compiled with hope to interest people in antique rings for not only their exterior value but also for their historical significance that the rings survived to carry through the course of histories.


Rediscovering Authenticity, Emily Warden 2017 James Madison University

Rediscovering Authenticity, Emily Warden

Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Emily Warden's jewelry and jewelry objects significantly investigate portraiture, the concept of overlooked longevity, and authenticity. They embody the idea of memorialization, the question of value, and the uniqueness of personal ritual that is at the core of every human being, while disputing the loss of these concepts due to a consumerist and convenience obsessed society.


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