A Sheriff’s Badge for the Modern Cowboy 

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September, 2019
3d Printed resin, sterling silver, stainless steel
46mm in diameter, 7mm thick

There is a bit of a story behind this brooch: I had Joe as a teacher quite often back when I attended MassART’s jewelry program; he always had a very stern, serious demeanor that would betray a sense of humor now and then. One of these times was in a Rhino class I took with him where he slipped into a cowboy voice to explain one of the commands. It was jarring and quite frankly hilarious, and in talking with other classmates it became apparent that this was not a one-time occurrence.

Formally it is loosely based off one of his enamel brooches from the 90s both in terms of the main element’s shape and color, and by virtue of that element being surrounded by a silver rim. The central element is a 3d printed resin that was done on a Formlabs Form 2; and the fact that it was produced via 3d printed and left as is was very important. Joe was one of the trailblazers of utilizing CAD for art jewelry and embraced this technology within his work. In a way he was part of the new frontier of this emerging technology, making work in the wild west that was the pre-Y2K technological landscape. A CAD Cowboy if you will, with or without the cowboy voice.