November, 2015 I received a grant through student research services from my proposal, aided by technology, made by hand.  The purpose of my proposal was to explore the integration of 3D programing software and equipment combined with traditional approach of jewelry making techniques. This intersection of craft handiwork and technology has allowed me to explore multiple facets of craft, jewelry, and design in a contemporary manner. 

The passion I held to discover and explore PLA and 3d printing processes derived from many questions I held within the functionality of jewelry.

What are the advantages of using technology in creating visual artwork?

What interjections of craft hand skill can be made during the technological process?

What dialogue does the use of technology create in the craft and fine arts field?


I have been utilizing an additive process of 3D printing called fused-deposition modeling (FDM) by 3D printing with polylactic acid or polylactide (PLA), a biodegradable filament, derivative from renewable resources such as corn and soy. Coinciding with this contemporary process of making, the use of non-ferrous metals (sterling silver, copper, gold, etc.) will be incorporated into the continuity of the PLA 3D printed form, and functionality of adornment.  

Concluding this research, I have produced a body of wearable artwork titled, between the cracks.