This was an incredible project. incredible, because we had 1 week to develop a full design and concept, then only one week to actually fabricate the piece.
Assignment: Neckpiece with repeated linking elements.
I decided to engage in forging, because I wanted to all semester but hadn't had the opportunity.
The base is scrolled (gauge 6?) copper wire (forged), with ivy leaf collars (cut, soldered, forged) joining the scrolled pieces.
The link in the back is hidden by a leaf soldered to a collar. There's a piece of the heavy gauge wire scored, bent, and soldered to make a little joint that slips into the collar.
This piece is a commentary on the upper echelon of society.
I feel like people who are born into upper class society are, by birth, bound to society's constraints. They're expected to grow within these confines, and are essentially molded to a pre-determined form, as set at birth.
I chose ivy in particular because it symbolically backs this idea up in multiple ways. 1) Ivy is symbolic of ivy league society itself. 2) Ivy strangles/chokes trees, just as ivy league society strangles the person born into it. 3) Ivy has this sort of graceful elegance visually, yet this fašade is just that: a fašade. In reality the ivy is hurting-- just how everyone sees upper class society as elegant and graceful, yet once you're in it, you're trapped and being strangled.
I chose a posture collar as the form because in upper class society, posture is definitely emphasized. And posture collars force you into that posture, the way society forces you to conform to its expectations.
Medium: copper and silver solder, ammonia and sawdust for patina
Techniques: forging, stamp/chasing, patina, soldering, wrapping
Size: 4" tall in front, 5" tall in back, and fits a 13" neck.
Photographer: my teacher, Mary Pearse