The central idea of my concentration focuses on the pattern and balance of ancient Chinese architecture. I have always been interested in the structure and construction of the ancient buildings, such as the temples and palaces, in China. Every part of the building is detailed both inside and out, yet it is still elegant and pleasing to the eye. My goal is to incorporate not only the structure of the ancient building, but make it into an elaborate piece a jewelry that people can wear.
I was able to explore different jewelry techniques to create forms in my concentration pieces. The principle of design in ancient Chinese architecture that was visually appealing to me was the radial balance of a roof. Images 1, 2, 6, 8, and 9 integrate a roof into its design. Image 1 and 6 reflect multiple layers of wood used to construct the roof on the inside of a building, whereas image 2 focuses on the outside. I riveted stacked sheet metals together to create form in images 1 and 2, but later experimented with bending the sheet metal to create a fan effect, as shown in image 9. Another major inspiration of the ancient Chinese architecture includes intricate patterns in screen doors. Patterns from screen doors were pierced into images 4, 5, 11, and 12 to add negative space to each piece. Image 4 has relief surface, as it is three different sheet metals soldered together; for the next piece, image 5, I used a similar pattern, but made a box construction instead. The box construction adds more form, and the pierced pattern adds detail. Image 11 uses dapping to form the sheet metal, creating convex and concave shapes. Image 10 is a ring that shows the construction of the ancient Chinese architecture as a whole. Just like the architecture, I utilize repetition of design in each layer of the ring to create a tall form.
Score (on a 6-point scale)6/6
Rationale for Score
• The coherent body of work seamlessly synthesizes the student’s research into Chinese architecture with 3-D design principles such as balance and repetition. The commentary provides helpful documentation of informed decision making.
• The student has skillfully mastered a variety of jewelry-making processes that convey a sense of successful technical growth as demonstrated in the ability to combine a variety of materials, as seen in images 1 and 2.
• The evocative series transforms a culturally based visual vocabulary into elegant compositions that represent an original vision, for example, images 6, 8 and 11.
• The prominent student voice is evident in the consistency of style and intent. Culturally based motifs have been expertly integrated into jewelry that is both functional and innovative