Students at RISD take classes in departments other than their own. RISD is full of the most talented students from across the globe, as well as professors. Taking classes outside of a single department lets students take advantage of the wide range of skills and insights that can be learned from ones peers or mentors.
Natasha Ruiz, an undergraduate student in Architecture, made a tiny piece of architecture in her Intro to Jewelry class. Her work is very delicate and thoughtful, as is the way she explains her project, Calla Lily:
“From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to create something for my mother and once I found out that the assignment was to create a pin that signified a commencement, I knew immediately I wanted to shape metal into the iconic flower that is the calla lilies. Calla lilies symbolize purity and are often correlated with funerals or celebrations revolving death, but only until recently have they been found in weddings as well. The flower is quite simple, yet beautiful, consisting of a long dark stem and a single, pure white petal with a yellow spadix. The calla lilies are mysterious as they are not only apetalous, but sepalous, lacking sepals and petals. The single furled “petal” is actually more leaf-like which houses the yellow spadix – supporting and protecting it. They also have deep rooted cultural and historical significance in the Mexican culture, where my mother is from, and are a constant icon in many of Diego Rivera’s paintings. This pin, or rather chopsticks, are meant to be worn on a suit or in a woman’s hair and are meant to be reminders of all the emotions when starting a new stage in life. Silver and brass were used to play with the original flower’s color scheme as well as to add value to the object. The silver translated the importance of tradition and further emphasized the symbolic purity of the calla lilies.”
Check out more of Natasha’s work at http://www.natasharuiz.com/index.htm
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