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Corinne Bishop Finishes Diamond Research Scholars Project

Author: Kayla Cropper
Necklace designed by Corinne Bishop

Diamond Scholar recipient Corinne Bishop has spent the last semester working on researching, finding inspiration, and creating her jewelry collection, "Material Lineage."

The Diamond Research Scholars Program gives Temple students the chance to focus on a research or creative arts project during their summer and fall semester while registered for an independent study/research course. Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, Emily Moerer, explains that the faculty-mentored research program promotes high-impact activity to enhance student learning.

“The program is intended to provide funding in the form of a stipend so that selected students can devote their time during the summer to advancing their academic goals,” Moerer said.

As a junior Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM major, this opportunity became a chance for Bishop to work on a project that would showcase her skills in jewelry making. Bishop received $2,500 to work on her pieces.

“I love working sculpturally with my hands,” Bishop said. “There were three small essays that needed to be written to apply. I really like my topic, so it was pretty simple to write.”

For her topic, Bishop created a family tree of jewelry pieces. Her hope is that the jewelry she created will reflect jewelry from researching her family lineage. When developing ideas for “Material Lineage,” Bishop drew inspiration from art of past generations.

“I like seeing what artists have done in the past, but I don’t rely on previous artists to create my designs,” Bishop said. “I’m interested in looking at the research I collect and seeing how that can inform my work.”

For the first few months of the summer, Bishop did a lot of researching and sketching to plan for the actual production of her jewelry project.

“I want to get a grasp on the information I’m analyzing before I start creating jewelry pieces,” Bishop said. “I plan on going to museums and analyzing jewelry collections often, along with research behind a computer or in the library. After that I will be working in front of a jeweler’s bench and researching about equal amounts of time.”

With the research and understanding of the stylistic trends from past decades, Bishop started working on her pieces. Although she originally intended to work with the process of lost wax carving, Bishop eventually decided to work with 3D printing to complete her collection.

"Using 3D printing to create pieces allowed me to concentrate on design. The traditional method of creating the forms that I wanted to create would be to carve wax into the exact models and then manually sand and polish those waxes. The process of creating waxes is extremely time consuming and with the thin walls, waxes become extremely fragile," Bishop said.

The biggest challenge for Bishop was trying to stay true to her own aesthetic while recreating pieces from past generations.

“I don’t want these pieces to look exactly like period pieces, I would like a personal element to unite the pieces. I see this as fitting as they are based around my own genealogy,” Bishop said.

Even though she has finished the project, Bishop still plans on continuing her research and using what she has learned as inspiration.

"I feel like I've grown as an artist," Bishop said. "I think it's important to understand the history of the medium to create new, informed work...I also think I learned a valuable lesson of designing within parameters, not just my own preference."

The application deadline for the next group of Diamond Research Scholars is February 14. For more information, visit http://www.temple.edu/vpus/opportunities/researchscholars.htm