Native New England Plant Series

Jack-In-The-Pulpit, 2020, Brass, Copper, Nickel, Enamel, Beading Wire, Powder Coating, 59mm x111mm

Blue Cohosh, 2019, Brass, Copper, Nickel, Enamel, Beading Wire, Powder Coating, 78mm x 87mm

Indian Cucumber Root, 2020, Brass, Copper, Nickel, Enamel, Beading Wire, Powder Coating, 65mm x 71mm

American Hazelnut, 2019, Brass, Copper, Nickel, Enamel, Beading Wire, Powder Coating, 82mm x 86mm

Maidenhair Fern, 2019, Brass, Copper, Nickel, Enamel, Beading Wire, Powder Coating, 98mm x 102mm

Posted on: May 6, 2020
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Description

Through my work I explore the tenuous state of the environment by focusing on native New England plants and their benefits to local ecosystems. American native plants are traditionally undervalued, though they are scientifically proven to be better for their local environments. Through my practice of metalsmithing, I commemorate plants native to New England through a wearable jewelry format. By translating these plants into jewelry that is appealing to wear, the work facilitates a discussion through the interactions people have about adornment. Understandably, this will not solve the problem, yet my work presents the viewer with information that steers them in the right direction of inquiry and action.




Rebecca Richards

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BFA Alumni

Major: Metalsmithing & Jewelry

Graduation Year: 2020

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