Abstract

The research I conducted through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience involved studying psychological principles of sensory learning and child development and building a body of work consisting of three pieces of contemporary jewelry that reflected my scholarly research. My work began with studying the work of child psychologists and psychoanalysts, such as Joan Erikson. Psychological studies informed the concept of my research and provided the foundation for the forms and materials that I chose to use. Moving onto material research, I worked with latex balloons and eventually transitioned to using textile in conjunction with metal. By using these materials in conjunction with abstracted imagery derived from children’s toys, I was able to create a body of work that promotes sensory engagement between each piece and the wearer.

Modified Abstract

My research through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience involved studying psychological principles of sensory learning and child development and building a body of work consisting of three pieces of contemporary jewelry that reflected my scholarly research. My work began with studying the work of child psychologists and psychoanalysts, such as Joan Erikson. Psychological studies informed the concept of my research and provided the foundation for the forms and materials that I chose to use. Moving onto material research, I worked with latex balloons and eventually transitioned to using textile in conjunction with metal. By using these materials in conjunction with abstracted imagery derived from children’s toys, I was able to create a body of work that promotes sensory engagement between each piece and the wearer.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

Author Information

Mary Kay PalazzoFollow

Primary Author's Major

Crafts

Mentor #1 Information

Rachel

Smith

Presentation Format

Oral

Start Date

April 2019

Research Area

Metal and Jewelry Arts

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Apr 9th, 1:00 PM

Encapsulating Play in Tactile Contemporary Jewelry

The research I conducted through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience involved studying psychological principles of sensory learning and child development and building a body of work consisting of three pieces of contemporary jewelry that reflected my scholarly research. My work began with studying the work of child psychologists and psychoanalysts, such as Joan Erikson. Psychological studies informed the concept of my research and provided the foundation for the forms and materials that I chose to use. Moving onto material research, I worked with latex balloons and eventually transitioned to using textile in conjunction with metal. By using these materials in conjunction with abstracted imagery derived from children’s toys, I was able to create a body of work that promotes sensory engagement between each piece and the wearer.