By using a series of probes as an initial trigger, I was able to begin a conversation through pictures and short stories based on the pictures. Pictures were exchanged via email approximately once a week. The pictures my mother shared were small details of a shared space in my home in Greece, and I shared similar details from my house in the UK.
On 16, Sep 2019 | In design research | By admin
The main aim of this research was to investigate how an auditory feedback, which makes the knitters aware of their bodily movement, affects their performance and triggers creativity.
To which degree can a skilled practice, and the tacit knowledge that characterizes it, be faithfully translated into a different expressive domain? To what extend can this traslation question knitters’ creativity?
Hide and Seek is a brooch made of a cover of A5 paper and a brooch pin made of steel and brass. The green cover has Greek text screen-printed onto the paper using black thermochromic ink. Parts of the text are visible and parts of the text are concealed by the folds around the brooch pin. If the temperature raises over 31°C, the ink becomes transparent and the text disappears temporarily. This is possible because the ink reacts to changes in temperature. I imagined that in Greece, where the temperature often exceeds 31°C, the text would disappear and when travelling back to the UK, the temperature would decrease, and the text would appear.
For my doctoral research, I created tiny microfilms from the pictures I received from my participants about things that are important to them. The microfilms were created in collaboration with the Archives and Collections Department at the Woodhorn Museum in Newcastle. The process of creating microfilms from personal images was something that the staff in this department have not yet explored, however it was an area that they wanted to experiment with the purpose of this research.
Microcosmos is a hand-held piece of digital jewellery containing a 16mm microfiche image that can only be accessed during an aeroplane flight. The image depicts an image of a potent text that is significant to the person.
My personal North is a prototype for a piece of digital jewellery. The piece always points to a certain direction. The ambiguity of the piece allows for several interpretations. Compared to a compass which is used for navigation and orientation always showing a direction relative to the magnetic north, the piece is anchored to a chosen point.
Togetherness is made up of two brooches, meant for two wearers in two countries (see Each brooch works as data logger. The act of pinning the brooch on the body activates the piece, recording the time when the piece is worn. Such data logged is stored in a Micro-SD card inside the piece. This data is later used by an artisan to create a third piece that represents times when the two brooches were worn simultaneously.
The train workshop was held during the train journey, following one of the participant’s (Jude) actual transition of moving to a new city for a new job. A new set of probes (Compass of Ourselves, DIY Music Kit, Stanhopes Thimbles and Sea Pottery pieces) were introduced to unfold insights from the Air[craft] workshop and open up space for Jude to imagine examples of digital jewellery for this particular context.
Topoi is a hand-held piece of digital jewellery containing tiny microfilm images from two countries that are significant to the owner. The piece is composed of a digital and a non-digital element. The digital part resembles a rock formation that is made of modelling putty with embedded crushed coal and oxidised silver.
Sea pottery has travelled to find us leaving the space for others to imagine a further narrative around them.Travelling with the Sea is a piece of digital jewellery connected to the geolocation data, enabling people to tap into data from places they are passing over during a flight.