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Suzanne Nugent

As a child Suzanne Nugent was infatuated by windup music boxes where opening the drawer causes an articulated figure, most commonly a ballerina or clown, to start joyfully dancing. As an adult, she discovered Victorian sand automation toys that instead of using a windup mechanism, work by flipping the box 180 degrees so that the sand runs down and directly animates the figures. Her love of these simple music box automata significantly influence her paper puppets, which she makes entirely by hand using acid-free watercolor paper. Nugent’s interest in jewelry making is much more recent, beginning with buying a Shrinky Dink craft kit for her kids in early 2017. While her daughters were working on their own shrunken crafts, Nugent discovered that she could make serious pieces that she could wear herself. Since then she’s created numerous designs, incorporating her own drawings and experimenting with metallic foils and resin. Around the same time that she began making jewelry, Nugent was battling granulomatous mastitis, a rare breast autoimmune disease. The disease opened her eyes to the world of other autoimmune diseases which in turn inspired much of the blue and purple butterfly jewelry designs that honor thyroid and lupus diseases. Suzanne Nugent was born and raised in State College. After graduating from State College Area High School, she attended Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, which is one of only two art colleges for women. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2004 and now lives in Haddonfield, NJ with her husband and two daughters. She has illustrated interior drawings for many Choose Your Own Adventure books, created work for Tommy Hilfiger, and has completed many private commissions.

Dates: 01/15/2018 - 03/15/2018
Start Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Exhibit Cases
Address: HUB Robeson Center , University Park, PA, 16802 (map)
Email: [email protected]
Occurs: January 15th to March 15th 2018 at 12:00 pm

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