MJSA Journal Online Design Challenge 2018: Claudia Endler

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A Mission in Life

1: Claudia Endler

When reading Lila and Mark’s story, a lot of important things stood out to me. They’re at an meaningful moment in their lives—their celebrating their five-year wedding anniversary and expecting their first child. I wanted the piece to be a window looking back at their past, with different parts of the piece representing the different parts of Lila’s life—where she came from, where and how she fell in love with Mark, where they’ve decided to call home, and the baby they’re expecting.

I envisioned a large piece that would tell her story. Because she’s very active, Lila doesn’t seem the type of woman who would regularly wear large rings or bracelets so I decided on a pendant design that could be worn on either a short or long cord. Given Lila’s dedication to protecting the environment, the pendant is round to represent the earth. However, it’s not completely incased; the top and bottom are open, leaving room for growth in the future. Just as Lila is op...