Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Liz Throop

Second Advisor

Stan Anderson

Third Advisor

John Decker, Ph. D.

Fourth Advisor

Paige Taylor


Digital technology has expanded the designer’s creative reach, but cannot duplicate the complexity of the imperfect and unexpected results of handmade processes. By executing a series of hand-built collage and assemblage pieces, I hope to not only rediscover the pleasure of working with my hands but also to develop creative methods to incorporate into future design projects. In this body of work, I have manually executed tasks that designers perform with software — cutting, pasting, layering, aligning, and creating transparency and drop shadows. The pieces are built from new and found materials, using text and images from old family letters and photos — physical evidence of relationships from my childhood and those of my parents and grandparents. These pieces express fragments of memories and family history.