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METAL-2080-1: Specialty Course: Hand to Mouth: Questioning Consumption

Spring 2021

Subject: Jewelry and Metal Arts
Type: Workshop
Delivery Mode: Online
Level: Undergraduate

Course Dates: January 25, 2021 — May 09, 2021
Meetings: Fri 5:00-07:55PM
Instructor: Curtis Arima

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 13/15


Hand to Mouth: Questioning Consumption Special Techniques course METAL 2080-1
 Jewelry and food: Using our hands to craft our essential, emotional, and physical existence.In this specialty course we will travel the globe virtually investigating relationships and environmental impacts of countries’ cultures through jewelry and culinary arts. For example, Italy is known for its pasta. Pasta likely originated in China, and through trade it migrated to Europe. We can also explore how pasta is made from base ingredients, its influence in each culture, and the environmental practices in pasta/wheat production. Then we will make pasta from scratch in many shapes. We will travel to other paired countries to research and compare ethical metalsmithing practices and culinary traditions. We will use food and jewelry to discuss colonization, indigenous populations, and the environment.   Through visiting online institutions and websites, the class will discover jewelry / metal artists who focus on alternative and recycled materials in different countries.  Then we will make jewelry and dishes inspired by our research. This will allow us to evaluate our practices and understand ways we can minimize global impact in our own studios and kitchens.
 Metal techniques discussed: basic/advanced riveting and cold connections for metal and other materials, capture settings, proper use of adhesives, incorporating found objects, and more.Culinary techniques and recipes discussed: basic knife skills, sauteing, browning, basic and advanced sauces, handmade pasta, steamed buns, curries, and more.  We will investigate the origin of certain spices and how they affect the flavor and visual impact of our food.Intro to Jewelry/ Metal Arts is suggested as a prerequisite but is not required. This course can be used towards an ecological practices minor. Please join us for a delicious semester!Online course sections will be delivered with both asynchronous and synchronous components as outlined in the course syllabus. Required online synchronous meeting times are listed as the meeting pattern for this course section.

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