STEPHANIE WESTERLAND
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2016

Carved Boxwood

and sterling silver

 

BRIDGES BUILT IN SMALLEST HOURS

Senior thesis

Employing a visual language of organic and simplified forms, I create objects onto which others may project their own unique experiences, memories, and emotions. Jewelry adapts to those who wear it, becoming transformed within the context of each individual. These pieces explore the emotional connections we form with inanimate objects, and the personalities imbued within them.  

 

ABIOTIC

Current collection

This production line is designed to reach a broader audience and to incorporate digital processes into my traditionally-grounded practice. Crafted from hypoallergenic stainless steel, this series is lightweight and effortlessly wearable. 

2017

stainless steel

 

 

2015

sterling silver

 

BINARY RINGS

Despite geographic distance, computers and cell phones keep those whom I hold dear close at hand; binary code becomes the language of these relationships. This project mirrors my experience of the digital; with black rings representing ones and silver representing zeros, each set of seven stacking rings is binary for the initial of a loved one.

 

 

 

 

KINETIC SERIES

This series of kinetic necklaces and earrings, crafted from fine and sterling silver, explores movement and the idiosyncrasies of the body. Each component in the quaternary system is hinged, creating a flexible web of interconnected parts. 

2015

fine and sterling silver

 

 

2015

sterling silver,

cz's, and black spinels

 

 

THRIVE

In craft, we often encounter only the final product of myriad iterations; this project illustrates my desire to think of each step as both vital and beautiful. Here, I explore systems. I establish a simple component and make iterations which grow in complexity; these earrings trace the evolution of a thought.