The thesis work named Reveal is a sculptural jewelry series that has a subtle tone of contemporary fashion. Reveal was created by studying traditional African art techniques for adorning the head and hair. The work analyzes the symbolic meaning of various hair styles and headgears within African cultures, by specifically zooming in on different threading hairstyles and free flowing sculptural headgears.

This thesis highlights the importance and evolution of color within African cultures and how color symbolically reflects status and behavior of individuals within Africa. Reveal exposes the time intensive practices characteristic of Ghanaian daily life and juxtaposes them to the labor intensive process of making art works that provides a sense of satisfaction and value for work done. Finally, this thesis embodies my personal artistic flavor and how I interpret my intrinsic wisdom within Reveal.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Jewelry--Themes, motives; Jewelry--Technique; Metal sculpture--Themes, motives; Metal sculpture--Technique; Headgear--Africa--Influence; Symbolism of colors--Ghana

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Student Type


Degree Name

Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Advisor/Committee Member

Leonard Urso

Advisor/Committee Member

Tina Lent


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK7304 .A56 2014


RIT – Main Campus

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