Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Patricia Johnson

Second Advisor

Christopher Rose

Third Advisor

Tyler Inman


As a designer I am trying to find words to adequately describe concepts, processes, materials, contexts, characteristics and characters. The words do not come easily. I can recount the whole making process and material make-up. I can place it into a historical and cultural context. I can list the functions and features. But when a design is intuitive and inevitable, words can only give some slight whiff of the idea. A design just exists. It exists by communing with our senses; it exists by being done; it exists by somehow winding its way into our hearts and minds.



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