Laura Wright

I’m Laura Wright, a student from San Diego, California and attending San Diego State University as an Applied Design major with a focus on jewelry. My mother is from Manila, Philippines, and my father is from Baltimore, Maryland. My late grandmother used to paint and quilt, my father taught me how to use tools, and my mother sews. This background pushed me to create things for myself, and I learned that I like creating small-scale work.
I first took an interest in making jewelry in 2010 when I was in middle school. From then on, I was a self-taught jeweler creating wire-wrapped and soldered work under the name MoonlitCreek until I attended my first jewelry class in Fall 2022. Outside of jewelry, I write original fiction and watch nature documentaries in my free time. I am very interested in various sciences, particularly any form of anthropology and astronomy.



Date of Creation: March 2, 2023

List of Materials: Laser-cut Watercolor Paper, Watercolor Paint, Brass Rivet.

Dimensions: 18 in. x 10 in. x 3/16 in.

Photographer's Name: Laura Wright

Other Contributors: Stevie Dunlap - Photographer Stevie Dunlap is a photographer based in San Diego, California. They are enrolled at San Diego State University, majoring in Studio Arts. Their main artistic inspiration in photography is the movement of light, whether that be across forms or empty space. Sawyer Ralston – Photographer Sawyer Ralston is a 24-year-old majoring in Studio Arts at San Diego State University, graduating in May 2023. His favorite art form is photography.

Conceptual Statement: This piece was inspired by the “bait ball” phenomenon, where fish congregate into a densely-packed mass when threatened by predators. It was designed as a chain with only paper as the main connection points: each laser-cut piece serves as a link to another piece, and each link functions as a toggle clasp. There is one non-paper point of connection, a brass rivet which attached the painted chain to the main necklace collar. As each fish-type and wave-type link only vary in size, their colors were chosen with contrast in mind. The wave-type links were to become a deeper blue as its size increased, alluding to the depth of the ocean. The fish-type links did the opposite, with the palest orange being used for the largest, and the brightest orange used for the smallest. The largest links were left white to contrast with the colors, mimicking ocean bubbles and seafoam. This theme was kept for the photoshoot: a projector was used to display an image of the ocean as the only light source.

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