I was recently commissioned to create portraits for the School of Visual Arts, my alma mater, to be featured in their Fall issue of “SVA STYLE”. For this issue, Creative Director Gail Anderson envisioned beaded portrait necklaces of each of the undergraduate chairs at the college. Working in my signature medium of fusible beads, I turned each chair into Fall’s HOTTEST accessory: the portrait pendant.
Creating a recognizable likeness of a person may be one of the more challenging projects an artist can attempt, and I do love a challenge. I had alot of fun doing this project, and to top it off, creating portraits of SVA professors brought me back to my roots as a young artist. Needless to say, I was humbled by the request.
These SVA students look great wearing these pendants, IMHO. Contextualized in this setting, the pendant signifies allegiance to your crew, your major, your guru. It is a talisman that symbolizes your vocation. Who knows…wearing the chair of your department around your neck might imbue you with the power to ace your final project, or maybe even land the perfect job. After all, SUCCESSORIES ARE EVERYTHING! XXX
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