Aluna Klein

My name is Aluna Klein, I grew up in the small town of Sebastopol, nestled in wine country in Northern California. I am 24 and a graduating senior at San Diego State University finishing with a BA in Sustainability. I was born into a family of artists and creating plays a significant role in my identity. I have experimented with many different mediums but recognize jewelry work to be the most gratifying due to the structure of technical skill and conceptual creative freedom one has when making. I take inspiration from artists I admire and the natural world. I possess a deep affinity for the ocean and love to travel. I plan to continue to weave these passions together.

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"Ocean Chic"

Date of Creation: March 2, 2023

List of Materials: Handmade paper, twine, pearl necklace, coupe, found sea shells.

Photographer's Name: Emily Ho

Model's Name: Aluna Klein

Other Contributors: Nate Sukley, photographer and creative director.

Conceptual Statement: My piece “Ocean Chic”, was inspired by the unity created in patterns found in the natural world, specifically shells and crustaceans. Working with the new technique, laser cutting, was a challenge and test of patience but I appreciate the intricacy I was able to achieve because of it. I selected a natural and neutral paper so as not to distract from the pattern.. The neutral shade also assists in referencing the natural color of the nautilus shells. In developing the scene for the photo shoot, the concept morphed into a formal still-life exuding oceanic high-class elegance with an over-exaggerated shell necklace. The work draws inspiration from 1920s flapper fashion and an underwater fantasy. The piece lays as a traditional necklace, drawing the eye to the center of the image.

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"Ocean Chic"

Date of Creation: 02/03/2023

List of Materials: Handmade paper, twine, pearls, coupe, found sea shells, large cowrie shell

Photographer's Name: Nate Sukley

Model's Name: Aluna Klein

Other Contributors: Emily Ho, photographer, costume design and creative director.

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"Ocean Chic"

Date of Creation: 02/03/2023

List of Materials: Handmade paper, twine, pearls

Photographer's Name: Emily Ho

Model's Name: Aluna Klein

Other Contributors: Nate Sukley, creative director

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