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The fundamental inspiration for this collection was the flow and clean lines often found in architectural structures, combined with the texture and complexity of snake and bearded dragon skin. From this point, my idea took a non-representational and organic direction in order to join the man-made with the natural.

My process included designing and rendering thirty brooches with watercolor and gouache to gain a better understanding of how the materials worked to articulate the concept. I proceeded to select the ten strongest designs that complemented my personal artistic instincts.

I made each brooch by hand carving exotic and domestic wood elements, casting snake and bearded dragon skin sheds in fine silver, and fabricating elements using sterling and fine silver sheet and wire. Each individual brooch is one of a kind and captures a part of each animal’s being and essence. Each brooch expresses a sense of danger and delicacy. People tend to jump to conclusions, thinking reptiles are very dangerous, but I see them as very loving, compassionate, and intelligent creatures.

I chose to use the wearable form of the brooch for this collection, because I felt the form would have my undivided attention as I crafted each piece. I find that designing with the form of the brooch allows me to create the most wearable sculptural objects. This body of work combines non-representational motifs with complex textures and patterns that allowed me to design a collection that I am passionate about and enthusiastic to share.

Lisa Krulasik, a native New Yorker, has been honing her craft at Pratt Institute for the past several years. Lisa was awarded the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award and received first place in the Emerging Jewelry Artist category for her Hollow Brooch, 2014.

Her BFA Jewelry Thesis Collection embodies her passion for jewelry and reptiles. It consists of hand carved exotic and domestic wood elements, cast bearded dragon and snake skin sheds, and incorporates fabricated elements in fine and sterling silver. Lisa's brooches embody a sense of independence, but the collection remains cohesive through her consistent material and aesthetic choices. Each brooch is one of a kind and captures a facet of each animal’s being and essence. Individually, the brooches have a sense of danger and delicacy. Lisa focuses on the juxtaposition between the way many people see reptiles, as dangerous killers, and how she sees them, as delicate and loving creatures.


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