“Every year we wonder if we can top the last year, and somehow we do,” says Jewelry Design Professor Michael Coan, referring to both the graduating student work currently on exhibit and designs singled out for Accessories Design Council awards. Of note this year, are the boldly sculptural designs that illustrate how digital tools and hand-making are unleashing new levels of creativity. In the wall cases, where finished pieces are displayed next to renderings, the viewer can see the trajectory of the design work.
Here are a few of the collections you can expect to see in the Goodman Resource Center, on exhibit until May 29.
Tristen Douglass received the first place win for fashion jewelry. “There’s the basic regalia for any goddess,” says Coan, “with a special appearance of a pharonic scarab.”
Douglass’ work consist of objects trouves (found objects). “She does all the mysteries of the Aztec mask to Delphic Oracle and the Triple Goddess,” says Prof. Coan.
Allison Mack received a second place win for her “Modern Antique” pin and earrings. “It’s an antique look that she made from resin, acrylic and cubic zirconia,” says Prof. Coan. Her red “Pavlocks” (bracelet with magnet closure for easy access) is also a winner. “It’s delicate, intimate and powerful.”
Julyanna McNamara’s five-piece collection includes a “Courage”‘ brass knuckle. “They’ll see you coming with that and think twice. It’s loud admiration,” says Prof. Coan.
Perisha Bhaga received a first place win in Fine Jewelry. “The judges liked the crispness of her line and its sculptural scale,” says Prof. Coan. “They all have a Brâncuși-esque feel, wood bangle, and off-center ring and two bracelets (one with stone and one without). It really moves. It’s elegantly exciting.”
Says Prof. Coan, “Come see the latest, the up-and-coming, next generation, the future of jewelry designers.”
The School of Art and Design’s Graduating Student Exhibition showcases work of 800 graduates from 16 areas of study. Their work can be viewed throughout the main floors of the Marvin Feldman Center, Shirley Goodman Resource Center, The Museum at FIT, Art and Design Gallery in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, and John E. Reeves Great Hall. For more information go to: 2019 Graduating Student Exhibition.