MJSA Journal Online Design Challenge 2017: Gina Pankowski

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Celebrating a Life Lost Too Soon

2: Gina Pankowski

With a nephew that is about to embark on a career in law enforcement, Tim and Jenny’s story really hit home for me. That path can be hard on families, and I was excited to honor it with my design.

To learn more about Tim and Jenny’s life together, I looked into the area where they lived and some of the amazing places that they would have visited. One thing that really stood out to me was that their hometown is the meeting point of two rivers—the Mississippi and the Minnesota. The rivers meet in an interesting Y shape, and I liked the idea of incorporating it in my design as a way to celebrate the part of them that loved the outdoors. They had a great connection to this place, and I wanted the piece to be a true symbol of everything they loved.

I settled on a pendant design because I believe that a necklace is the one piece of jewelry that really embraces the wearer. I created the shape of the pendant to mimic the outreaching arms of a...