In my thesis, I explore some recurrent ideas which I have become aware of in my work. The central idea of the work is to explore my fascination with the beauty that I find in organic form, specifically forms in nature which have a defensive function. Though the function of my work is not to defend, I explore the form itself in terms of its visual impact on the viewer. Another component of the work is my attempt to reconcile my respect and admiration for the jewelry that has been done in the past with the contemporary emphasis on creating novel and unique pieces which are expressive as opposed to functional. The thesis work is, thus, an attempt to combine some of what I find valuable about traditional jewelry and some more contemporary or personal themes.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Jewelry making--Themes, motives; Jewelry making--Technique; Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Art metal-work--Technique; Wearable art

Publication Date


Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Stanitz, Mark

Advisor/Committee Member

Urso, Leonard

Advisor/Committee Member

Duggan, Lynn


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: NK7304.H37 1994


RIT – Main Campus