handcrafted jewelry, consciously design and fabricated in Seattle
2014 RISD Senior Project
Layers are everywhere – in wood, in relationships, in stories. They’re moments of unexpected beauty. To see something that you wouldn't otherwise, just because you took a moment to stop and breathe. It’s moments like these when you find unexpected kindness and make positive associations. These moments with other people build trust. Those moments usually happen naturally, subconsciously, or unintentionally. They all embody a different kind of emotion or gesture.
The pieces I’ve made represent the spaces between two bodies. Doing the crossword puzzle with my mother on the couch, sitting shoulder to shoulder. Staring into Mike’s eyes, noses inches apart, both of us considering how mysterious life is. A pat on the back from my father for a job well done. Connected, yet separated by the warmth of a layer of wood. A carefully crafted barrier insulating both parties. I never really know how the other person feels no matter how close we are. Even so, those moments feel perfect. Trusting and peaceful. The sensation of proximity.
Although the pieces represent specific moments from my experience, they’ll have different associations for each person. Blank locations of interaction waiting to be filled with bodies and emotions.
We tend to barricade ourselves in our own worlds, avoiding eye contact. What is intimacy? Why are we so frightened of it?
There is a certain courage and presence that a person must bring to a face-to-face interaction that is different from all other forms of interaction. Attempting to see eye-to-eye with someone is all but impossible. How can you really know what he’s thinking? How will she react? What boundaries mustn’t I cross? How far do our minds extend into one another?
I’m fascinated by the experience of being human and everything it entails. I’m terrified of the reality of being human and everything it entails. I wake up in the morning, ecstatic to be alive. I go through my day, communicating only through text, syllables, and nervous laughter – shallow and risk-free. No surprises, please.
Face-to-face interactions are complicated. The things that can happen when two people get together in the same space are infinite. What do the spaces between bodies look like? They are so much more nuanced than a text message or a phone call could ever be. Tension, pressure, teamwork, spontaneity.
I seek to elicit, through the wearers of my work, an awareness of the physical interconnectivity between people. With the interwoven structure of knitting, I introduce the warmth that is non-existent in so many interactions.
Through physical contact you not only start to understand another person, you experience him or her.