Date of Award

5-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

First Advisor

Lynda LaRoche, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Brenda Mitchell, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Kevin Turner, M.F.A.

Abstract

"Framed" was an exploration of linear structural systems conducted through the creation of studio art jewelry integrating the European design-based philosophy with mathematics and engineering. The exhibition addressed the importance of achieving a depth of understanding through the physical creation of wearable jewelry. Wireframe structures provide the viewer a transparent view of the system with the surface stripped away to reveal the underlying framework. Wearable architectonic systems challenged the existing commercial definitions of wearability while acknowledging the precedents established in fine art studio jewelry.

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