Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Jewelry and Metalsmithing

First Advisor

Tracy Steepy

Second Advisor

David Kim

Third Advisor

Veleta Vancza


My work explores the silhouette of the body and how we can be empowered to augment it. First impressions are formed instantly and inform much of our social interactions, but these impressions are often made with the limited information of a quick glance and the simple outline of a body shape. There is a negative stigma about some body types and this can make social interaction daunting. This is especially true for women in general, for whom physical appearance is closely tied to perceived value by society. It is even more of an issue for women like myself, whose body type does not match the impossible, idealized female form perpetuated by modern media. My work explores how I can be empowered to change my silhouette to take control of the first impressions I make. It examines the idea of clothing as a form of adornment and augmentation, and how fashion can be used to remove negative stigmas and reclaim my sense of self.



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