Diva presents a look at women in the present day. The inspiration for this thesis project comes from rhythmic gymnastics, a unique sport exclusively for women. The movement of the ribbon, twining and surrounding a woman’s body, highlights the beauty of the woman. The twining movement symbolizes the complex and developing roles women are playing in contemporary society.

The structures of the pieces in this thesis project are open and vast, creating a sense of allure, as well as a reflection of the open mind of the contemporary woman. The pieces are separated into two parts, black and white, symbolizing different characteristics of women. Black and white are classic and basic colors, but opposites. Neon pink, a modern pop color associated with women, relates to femininity and links the black and white together, symbolizing different kinds of women in the modern world.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Artist-designed jewelry--Themes, motives; Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Soft sculpture--Themes, motives; Wearable art

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Leonard Urso

Advisor/Committee Member

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Advisor/Committee Member

Liaung Chung


RIT – Main Campus

Plan Codes