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    JEM Grad's Wearable Art Fuses Fantasy and Electronics

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    The Gauntlet, a piece by alumnus Ryan Hsiang, is a forearm-length metal cuff studded with chunky blue and purple crystals made from resin. Photo courtesy of Ryan Hsiang.

    The fantasy worlds and characters depicted in films such as Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Batman have captivated Ryan Hsiang since he was a little boy growing up in Shanghai, China. As he got older, he grew more interested in uncovering the deeper meanings of these tales and how they relate to real life. Enrolling in Academy of Art University’s School of Jewelry & Metal Arts (JEM) provided him with the means to create wearable art, sculpture and other pieces that reflect his passion for connecting fantasy and reality.

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    Building a Career at Nordstrom

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    Academy of Art University School of Fashion alumnus and Nordstrom Assistant Styling Sales Manager Eric Miller and Nordstrom Assistant HR Manager Natali Paniagua. Photo by Bob Toy.

    On Tuesday, March 13, Eric Miller, assistant styling sales manager at Nordstrom’s flagship store in downtown San Francisco, was part of the company’s internship presentation at 2300 Stockton, talking to Academy of Art University School of Fashion students. Just one year and a day ago, Miller was sitting in the same room, listening to a similar talk, but as a student. 

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    Shaping Sustainable Futures

    Starting this semester, Academy of Art University is offering a graduate elective course, Sustainability & Society (FSH/GLA 648), to teach students the nuances of sustainability and the impact it carries for their future careers and lifestyles. 

    Open to students from all disciplines, instructor Masha Birger explained that the online course covers all issues surrounding sustainability, from economic to environmental to social. 

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    Marcio Decker's Talent for Interior Design and Abstract Art Helps Shape His Career

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    Decker’s award-winning mixed media piece, Vanishing Mutualism. Image courtesy of Marcio Decker.

    Interior Designer Marcio Decker has earned plenty of praise during his 14-year career. Based in Truckee, California, his firm, Aspen Leaf Interiors, has been featured in many print and online publications, including Elle Décor, Reno Magazine and Tahoe Quarterly. The firm has also received a number of honors, such as a recent nomination for an HGTV Faces of Design award.

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    Creating Platforms for Empowerment

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    Courtney Wilkins, a 2016 Academy of Art University M.A. fashion journalism graduate. Photo courtesy of Courtney Wilkins.

    It was a little strange to prep for an interview with Courtney Wilkins, a 2016 M.A. fashion journalism graduate from the Academy of Art University. After all, what does a journalist ask a fellow journalist?

    For starters, there’s the writerly nature of holding multiple jobs at once. Wilkins specializes in celebrity interviews, fashion blogging and social media management, her byline stretching as far east as Atlanta, Georgia, for Kontrol Magazine and out west to Los Angeles for BASIC Magazine. Back in August, she earned her first Kontrol cover story, an interview with women’s wear entrepreneur Juliana Richards, after only three months of working for the digital and print outlet.

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    Skilled Stylists Help JEM Grad’s Work Shine in Print

    Anyone who wears one of jeweler Azita Mireshghi’s bold statement pieces is bound to feel like a bit of a badass. Inspired by the mystery and beauty of nature, her designs emanate strength and power. Examples include a chunky red and black metal cuff that resembles molten lava and a delicate but fierce mesh necklace that looks like skin shed by a golden snake. Mireshghi usually works with brass, bronze and copper, often incorporating organic materials—such as horsehair—in her jewelry for added texture. Tribal ornaments and armor shapes also influence her designs.

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