Students create unique wearable art

Tray of metal cuffs designed by studentsGarden Variety artists Mary and Haley Smith normally work with fruits and vegetables.

Mary Smith, of Mohawk, showed off a necklace she was wearing that was made out of Japanese purple sweet potatoes and kiwi. She said they’ve also worked with beets, sweet peas and radishes.

While no fruits and vegetables were being used Monday, the mother-daughter team showed Heather McCutcheon’s art students at Herkimer High School how to put the finishing touches on metal cuffs with designs made by the students.

McCutcheon said the purpose of the project was to get students to do something a little unique.

“It gets them to start using different materials and aware of other careers [in art],” she said.

McCutcheon said in an email this lesson was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature, administered by CNY Arts.

Read the rest of the article in the Herkimer Telegram.

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