Sterling silver, nu gold, cubic zirconia, glass, wood
$329.00. Buy It Now. Free Shipping. is a silver and nu gold reliquary for a piece of the True Cross of the Crucifixion. The piece consists of a raised nu gold dome, organic pierced base, and silver brambles set with cubic zirconia. The dome houses two pieces of the True Cross set in glass domes with the original barcode from the hardware store still incredibly preserved!
In the modern world, where value is dictated by monetary worth, holy objects have the potential to become ridiculous. eBay is filled with hundreds of listings for holy relics, each claiming to be legitimized by its own signed certificate of authenticity. If supposedly authentic religious icons can now be bought and sold for a few hundred dollars with a 30-day return policy and free shipping, the holiness of these objects must be called into question. $329.00. Buy It Now. Free Shipping. serves as a criticism not only of these modern fakes, but of any holy object of unknown origin. Can anyone be sure of the legitimacy of the object they worship? How can anyone be certain that their icon is any more precious than a "True Cross" bought from Home Depot?
Absurd Functionality: The Spoonnn
Copper, alabaster, wood
In this piece, I explored the idea of making an absurd yet functional object that, while it is entirely useable, is utterly useless. I decided to create an idea that I have had floating around over the last year: a triple-decker swiveling spoon. The piece consists of 3 copper spoons in varying sizes which swivel around for more ergonomic eating, held by an alabaster handle. It is supported by a custom stand with an alabaster serving tray.
This piece is suited for the display and consumption of deconstructed or multi-part dishes such as caprese.
A Container for the Feeling of Missing You
Brass, acrylic, human hair
A Container for the Feeling of Missing You.
A Container for Us.
This piece is a brass container for the feelings of a long distance relationship: for the joy of seeing them again and for the emotional toll of leaving again. The piece is designed to fit in between two people's wrists while they hold hands. It draws upon traditions of sentimental hair jewelry and eye miniatures, with braided and looped hair charms and hidden laser-engraved eye portraits.
The container, by its nature, cannot be properly used without the other person, and in this state, contains the feeling of missing someone. When the partners are united, it can be held between them in a cooperative effort, and therefore can contain the relationship between them.
Copper, inert flash bang grenade parts
Flash Bang is a raised vessel designed to mimic the form of a flash bang grenade; the type of grenade used often by police against protesters. The piece serves as commentary on the recent use of police brutality against peaceful protestors such as those at Standing Rock or across the country at anti-Trump protests. These weapons are used to blind, deafen and "accidentally" maim protesters and are a symbol of this country's militarized police force. Thus, just as citizens of Palestine have used empty tear gas canisters as flower pots, I intend to turn this symbol of violence on its head by making this flash bang into a flower vase. The piece was raised from a 6" copper disc and includes a forged lid and a copper fuse body made to fit the pull ring and safety lever from a real inert flash bang. A tube goes from the fuse body to the grenade body so that the flower can absorb water from the bottom.
180 Degrees: A Tea Service for One
Bronze, copper, walnut
180 Degrees is a 5 piece tea service for one, with a bronze teapot, attaching strainer, teacup, and copper containers for cream and sugar. My goal was to achieve simplistic functionality; with clean planar forms and simple details that allow for tea drinking without the frou-frou. Along with a mixture of formal languages, I integrated functional design elements such as the curved edges on the teacup for both right and left handed people to drink from more easily, as well as walnut handles to allow one to grip their cup without the metal vessel burning them. Overall, this collection of vessels aims to work cohesively to carry out the ritual habit of tea-making without excessive ornament but still with visual interest.