Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Jewelry and Metalsmithing

First Advisor

Tracy Steepy

Second Advisor

Lauren Fensterstock

Third Advisor

Joon Jung Lee


“Threading with Hair // Intertwined Stories” is a poignant exploration that navigates the nuanced landscape of women's growth and identity recognition amidst biased societal influences, tracing the trajectory from the artist’s mother's generation to her own. Through a deeply personal lens, the thesis transcends individual narratives to articulate some shared female experiences. Employing reflective works in the form of jewelry, objects and writings, the study delves into female-centric topics, including the fluidity of identity, the transformative journey through various life stages, and the profound impact of societal expectations and family heritage. At the heart of this exploration is the metaphorical use of hair and embroidery as primary mediums and techniques, weaving a tactile and symbolic tapestry that encapsulates the stories, struggles, and triumphs of women. The artist’s tone embodies the roles of recorder, messenger, and poet, striking a balance between tenderness and honesty, sincerity and strength. This thesis invites readers to witness the intimate yet powerful narrative of womanhood, capturing the essence of unity and resilience at the same time.



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