I am currently writing up my PhD thesis in Digital Jewellery and Sense of Self. My doctoral research explores the role of digital jewellery to support a sense of self during micro-transitions in the context of living in/between two countries. My research offers a focus on atypical personal interactions in order to address a range of questions and potentially open up our expectations and experiences of the digital.
Outcomes of the research are examples of digital jewellery pieces that suggest poetic and emotionally rich interactions for people. The concepts were inspired by my lived experience of being “in-between” and the experiences of three female design researchers who frequently travel back to their native countries but live and work in the UK. Find me about the pieces here.
In the research, I adopted a research through design approach rooted in craft practices and participatory design methods. I organised co-design workshops in innovative settings, such as the Aircraft workshop and used design probes as a stimulus for conversations around a sense of self and personal significance. I used magazines as a documentation tool throughout the study and I shared my research in conferences and research publications.