Objects with Stories

 

Students in the program Narrative Objects are spending the year learning about objects that carry stories, and how to create their own objects rich with meaning. Led by faculty Jean Mandeberg and Steven Hendricks, they are working in two groups this quarter: one working in fine metals and the other focused on book arts.

 

Over the past couple weeks, the fine metals group devoted their time to create miniatures housed in bottles. They have been pouring their own stories, interests and dreams into these bottles filled with meticulously crafted tiny objects. As student Cara Myhre says: “A miniature is about what’s on the inside of a person…It’s the small that makes you stop and think.”

 

For her piece, Myhre looked back on her years as one of the few women soldiers deployed to Iraq near the start of the war in 2003. Her bottle includes a tiny facsimile of the rifle she carried with her everywhere, as well as a care package like those she looked forward to from her family. In this latest installment of our One Minute Evergreen, she talks about how the assignment inspired her to reflect internally and find a way to share her experience with other through the objects she creates.

 

We look forward to seeing the work of the book arts group in a Library exhibit later this year. In the meantime, please stop by the second floor of LabII to see the miniatures on display.

 

A student makes sure that the miniature hand she carved of wax will fit in her glass bottle. The wax hand was later cast in bronze for the final piece. -- Shauna Bittle photo

A student makes sure that the miniature hand she carved of wax will fit in her glass bottle. The wax hand was later cast in bronze for the final piece. — Shauna Bittle photo

Fixing together a tiny copper building with a rivet on an anvil in the fine metals studio. -- Shauna Bittle photo

Fixing together a tiny copper building with a rivet on an anvil in the fine metals studio. — Shauna Bittle photo

Studients craft miniatures during studio time for the program Narrative Objects. -- Shauna Bittle photo

Students craft miniatures during studio time for the program Narrative Objects. — Shauna Bittle photo

A student carves a miniature wax hand, which will later be used to create the mold for a cast metal version to be used in her finished piece. -- Shauna Bittle photo

A student carves a miniature wax hand, which will later be used to create the mold for a cast metal version to be used in her finished piece. — Shauna Bittle photo

 

 

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