Nicole Beltran

Object Lesson: Bracelet

Class of: 2021

Major: Strategic Design and Management BBA

Medium: Combination of multiple media

Faculty: Samantha Bennett

Prompt: Reflect on the objects they encounter in their everyday lives. Choosing one object from a self-curated group of things, students will research this object, discovering why it was made, how it was made, what it is made of, what is its history, and what is its personal and cultural relevance. The project will culminate with a physical recreation of this object, emphasizing important characteristics discovered from the research.

This project started by choosing the most important elements that I used or have in my life. From this self-curated group of things, I chose a bracelet that has a personal connection to me. I decided to embrace the whole process of producing a handwoven bracelet, starting all the way from the wool; the raw material to the actual hand-made aspect of the bracelet. Through experimentation, I had to dye the wool, spin the wool using a drop spindle, wove the bracelet, and create a digital storyline that expressed the whole idea of going from raw materials to an actual object. Overall, this project mainly focuses on the process itself, not just the final product, my goal was to engage in the activity of producing a simple bracelet.