PhD Map

Call for Information –

we are keen to create a map of jewellery PhD research. We are interested in PhD work that is current, and recently completed. What we need from you is:

Your name and email contact

1 paragraph (up to 500 words) outlining your PhD research, expected date of completion and institution you are attached to and

1 high res quality image (ie 300dpi)

Send this to editorsjojr@gmail.com – we will update the map as and when we receive your information.

MAP OF JEWELLERY PhD RESEARCH

Sofie Boons 2020- present, PhD candidate

Sofie.Boons@uwe.ac.uk

University of the West of England, Centre for Fine Print Research

Supervisors: Dr Laura Morgan and Dr Tavs Jorgensen, Director of Studies, Dr Sarah Bodman

Title: Man-made crystals: an investigation into the design implications, possibilities, and limits of utilising man-made crystals in the development of jewellery designs

Research question: What are the design implications, possibilities, and limits of utilising man-made crystals in the development of jewellery designs?

Bespoke man-made crystals drive innovations in a range of industries, which has not fully translated into the jewellery industry, even though crystal growing techniques have been around for many years. Innovations with man-made crystals within the industry have remained limited, and most are still produced to imitate mined crystals. My PhD study will therefore investigate the design implications, possibilities and limits of utilising man-made crystals in the development of jewellery designs. Whilst conducting experiments and developing planned collaborations the changing role of the designer will also be explored in relation to the amount of control and input the designer has had in the material development stage. Finally, the appreciation of these man-made crystals and the context in which they are appraised will also be explored as part of the contextual review.

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Yi Jen Chu 2018- present, PhD candidate

Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT, Melbourne, Australian.

chuyijen19922@gamil.com

Supervisors: Dr Mark Edgoose and Dr Nicholas Bastin

Profile:
Yi-Jen Chu is a PhD candidate of Fine Art, Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT, Melbourne, Australian. Her practice centres on kinetic jewellery and objects that evoke a narrative of excess in food production and consumption in contemporary culture using interaction as a way to simulate the conceptual meaning behind the objects.

Title: Interrogating excess in the post Fordist and contemporary culture through examining kinetic objects in the food mass production and consumption system.

In this research, I have created a series of objects titled Interrogating excess in food production which focuses on investigating the issues of waste related to manufacturing, consumerism and diminishing natural resources as a narrative foundation. My project also involves the exploration of a narrative of the value of craftsmanship and workmanship in manufacturing processes in relation to the lack of First World societal value attributed to resources such as food. Through object making I highlight an appreciation of the lost value of hands on experience in brought about by manufacturing machinery, particularly the loss of knowledge and skills that occurred because of repetitive tasking throughout the pre Fordist, Fordist and post Fordist manufactories systems. My overall aim, however, is to utilise the interactive object as a new way to communicate contemporary issues of production and consumerism.

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Chiara Scarpitti– PhD and academic researcher

info@chiarascarpitti.com

PhD International Doctorate in Design and Innovation
University of Studies of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy

Title: Post digital design industry. Objects, things, organisms.

In collaboration with the City of Science of Naples and the Waag Society (Institute of Art, Design and Technology) in Amsterdam, the aim of the PhD is been to combine theoretical research and practical research
toward a Post digital scenario, through testing new productive processes, hybridizing different techniques as, for instance, parametric design and brain computer interfaces with biohacking practice and others mixed techniques.
In this way, the double nature of the research has interlaced, alongside theoretical methodologies (critical making and neo materialism), also other practices more laboratorial and experimental. The combination between
innovative materials, advanced manufacturing techniques and self-generated tools, has led the research to the realization of physical objects highly experimental and future oriented.

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Ginta Grūbe- PhD candidate The Art Academy of Latvia, Riga

E-mail contact: ginta.grube@gmail.com

Ginta Grube (maiden name Zabarovska) is a Latvian based jewellery artist and a PhD researcher at The Art Academy of Latvia. Primarily her research seeks to enrich the historical analysis of jewellery art history in Latvia during the Post-Soviet period. „The theme is jewellery art in Latvia from 1991 until present (2019/20). I focus on individual artists and collections that hold Latvian contemporary jewellery such as The Latvian Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, The Artists’ Union of Latvia etc.

Since 2015 PhD candidate within The Art Academy of Latvia located in Riga.

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Mohammed Kwaku Baidoo- PhD candidate

mansbai09@gmail.com

Department of Educational Innovations in Science and Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi

Title: JEWELLERY EDUCATION IN GHANA: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
OF SCHOOL-BASED AND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES

The processes of acquiring jewellery education in Ghana is either through School-Based or apprenticeship programme. Concern expressed by some players in the jewellery industry is that most students who acquire jewellery education through School-Based (Metal Product Design Section, KNUST) are not able to practise as jewellers after their graduation because there is mismatch between skills that students acquired while in school and that of jewellery industry’s needs.

This study therefore sought to describe the characteristics, similarities and differences of School-Based and Apprentices Jewellery Education programmes in Ghana, also design and propose models for teaching and learning of Jewellery by School-Based and Apprenticeship systems of education in Ghana and finally assess the designed models to ascertain their effectiveness on knowledge and skills acquired by the learners through School-Based and Apprenticeship programmes in Ghana.

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AMAL AL-ISMAILI PhD candidate

Sheffield Hallam University

Title: Interpreting the Traditional Jewellery of Bedouin in Oman through Contemporary Jewellery Practice

The aim of this research is to understand the subjective values associated with Omani traditional jewellery, based on the knowledge acquired from oral interviews with Bedouin women who are both makers and wearers of this jewellery. The study then seeks to interpret this traditional Bedouin jewellery through contemporary jewellery practice.

The methodology employed in this study is practice-based research that builds on knowledge developed through fieldwork1 and fieldwork2.

The insights gained from this research inspired me to create jewellery under the following themes- Jewellery and materials, Jewellery and mixed cultures; Jewellery and social practice, Jewellery and recycling and sustainability and Jewellery and technology.

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Yueyang Sun– PhD candidate

Loughborough University, School of Design and Creative Arts

Title: Technological Innovation in Antique Ming dynasty Chinese Filigree for Jewellery Design Development.

1st supervisor: Dr Roberta Bernabei, 2nd supervisor Dr Robert Harland

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Jie Sun -PhD candidate

Loughborough University, School of Design and Creative Arts

Title: Contemporary Art Jewellery acts as a Mediator in art therapy and the social-virtual sphere

1st supervisor: Dr Roberta Bernabei, 2nd supervisor Dr Robert Harland

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Wenyan Luo – PhD candidate

Title: Reinvigorate Chinese Inlay Technique in Jewellery Design and Practice with the use of CAD/CAM applications. (provisional title)

Loughborough University, School of Design and Creative Arts

1st supervisor: Dr Roberta Bernabei, 2nd supervisor Prof. Richard Bibb

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Katie Brown- PhD candidate

University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

k.u.brown@dundee.ac.uk

Title: Exploring hearing aids and super normal design.

The intent of this project is to challenge prevalent visions for the future of hearing aid design: that they will either ‘disappear’ through miniaturisation, or else by appearing to be something other than a hearing aid, whether mainstream consumer electronics or jewellery. And to challenge the implication that this disappearance – even if possible – would be a positive outcome for everyone concerned.

The research will explore themes of stigma as part of understanding the different social and cultural relationships that exist and their link to hearing aids. It will involve the experiences and perspectives of wearers, non-wearers, health care professionals and manufacturers of hearing aids.

In response (yet also as a mode of inquiry) it will use super normal design: defined as the design of everyday objects that fit into our lives so comfortably as to usually go unnoticed (another, more subtle form of invisibility, in a way). By which we mean the design of hearing aids that are in some ways archetypical hearing aids and recognisable as such, yet at the same time understated, and subtly and beautifully resolved.

Research questions include:

How does the experience of wearing hearing aids differ across hard of hearing, deafened and D/deaf users?

What decisions are wearers making with regards to passing, covering and uncovering? In what way does stigma affect these decisions?

How can the design of hearing aids better represent the identity of their wearers? What would a super normal hearing aid look like, and who might wear one? What role can design play in challenging stigma associated with hearing aids and hearing loss?