Howard Cheung


Class of: 2023

Major: Fashion Design BFA

Medium: Wood, Metal

Faculty: Aviva Maya Shulem

Prompt: Practice using wood and metal shop machines to create a wooden necklace joined with metal mechanical connectors. Prepare a few design concepts of accessories comprised of three or more wood components, and use shop instruments to shape them.

I have always valued versatility and the endless possibilities that it represents. The concept of one item fulfilling multiple purposes fascinates me. For this assignment, I incorporated the idea of versatility into the necklace. Not only can it serve as an accessory, but it can also act as a self-defense weapon in times of need. In essence, I derived inspiration from the brass knuckles—the holes in between the pieces act as finger inserts, transforming the necklace into an oversized ring.

Our design prompt was to create a necklace using wood and mechanical connectors. To fulfill these requirements, I used plywood for the “body” of the necklace and metal rings as connecting devices.