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.
Let it Go is a hand-held piece made out of a found tree twig, a plastic bubble and silver. The piece is a thought piece that acts as a vessel for my thoughts and feelings of transition by recording my narratives and reflections. The recordings stored within the piece cannot be accessed immediately, however, they are saved in the piece and can be accessed at later times.
Digital Jewellery is created by individual practitioners who combine art, craft and design skills with electronics. Understandings of these practices are fragmented as the different commentators and creators draw upon different traditions from a diversity of artistic, fashion, engineering and participatory design approaches. It is difficult to develop a synthesis of different perspectives as their abilities, inspiration, motivations, methods, materials and techniques are idiosyncratic. To address this, I engaged six leading digital jewellers in a structured and iterative dialogue to establish a collective understanding of their approaches and attitudes.
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.
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.