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ASHES TO
EMPYREAN


Introduction to
Jewelry + Metalsmithing

Spring 2020

Professors
Steven Kaplan-Pistiner &
Diya Wang 
Paper 

Metal

Charcoal

Black Drawing Ink 

A series of three rings all made from the required material for this project: paper.

Initially I wanted to test the strength of this everyday commodity, which made me think of the act of burning. Consequently, I came across Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, inspiring me to follow his joureny through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, paralleled within my three rings.



INFERNO 
9 rings of Hell chaining the sinner, fire weepings sitting like ash upon them.

“And to a place I come where nothing shines.” —DANTE


PURGATORIO 
Dante makes his way into the limbo world of gray, Purgatorio, with remenants of his hellish journey thus far. 

“…I am left with less than one drop of my blood that does not tremble. I recognize the signs of the old flame.” —DANTE


PARADISO  
Finishing the journey of Dante, We have reached the divine Seventh Heaven; he has finally made his way to the Empyrean. 

“For all those lights...began a song...that glides like falling leaves from memory.” —DANTE








INFERNO 
PURGATORIO
PARADISO




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“The path to paradise begins in hell.”
—DANTE




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> PURGATORIO >










> PARADISO






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© 2020 MADISON LEDFORD
RISD Alumni
 ‘20 Graphic Design BFA