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Jewellery as an object is inseparable from the wearer’s multisensory experience of being in the world, owing to the close proximity in which it is worn, to the physical and psychological barriers it creates, and  its ability to collect and stimulate psychological associations and memories .

Promoting and researching the multifarious possibilities that jewellery holds as a transformative agent in our everyday lives, her explorations  include studying the link between perception and emotion and the possibilities these links may provide for being exploited towards creating positive emotions via design paradigms.

Much of her work moves beyond the visual aesthetic borders that define jewellery's roles of adornment in order to embrace biopsychosocial utility.  Researching theories of psychology, emotion and well-being from interdisciplinary sources, she applies these findings to her design concepts.

In a combination with traditional making methods, she explores and incorporates contemporary technologies within her designs.

'5 A Day for Well-Being' is based on recent UK guidelines on 5 actions we should all undertake each day to promote well-being.  It aims to stimulate the wearer towards these actions via the wearing and nurturing of a living Jasmine plant. It is designed to be a transformative barrier between the wearer and urban living.

The silk ribbons which fall around the hand when wearing 'Poppy Comfort Ring' contain small haematite beads.  The contrasting weight, movement, temperature and texture of each material is designed to stimulate the emotion of comfort for the wearer via haptic memories of hand holding with a loved one.

'Vulcan 3D prints a ring for Venus' considers the topic of the well-being of our oceans and shore lines, highlighting our habits of polluting them and consequently our food chains. Vulcan stands as a link to metalsmithing tradition and longevity and a scallop, as part of our food chain and as the vessel of Venus's birth according to Botticelli's painting.  3D printing is a fantastic technology that, as an additive manufacturing process can help reduce material waste but sadly, many of the 3D printed materials are not biodegradable or recyclable.

In generations past, Amulets were used to protect the human wearer from the troubled world or bad energies around them. 'Earth Amulet 2020' aims to highlight that our troubled planet needs protection from our individual human actions. Elements of the Chinese lantern skeleton (a traditional symbol for protection) were used as the design aesthetic. Representative of delicate mini ecosystems, the pieces are delicate and can be easily damaged by the wearer's actions.  The focal centrepiece is based around the hand as the hand is expressive of many of our physical actions, including emphasising our spoken language. Ear pieces in the collection are included as a reminder to evaluate rhetoric and social influences, in order to consider whether these influences are shaping our individual actions towards a negative impact on humanity or the environment.

Understanding others’ emotions can be key to being more sensitive and empathetic to others, both in interpersonal and professional, clinical interactions. Facial visual cues of emotion can often be misleading, faked or misconstrued. It is even more difficult to recognise these visual indicators during the current pandemic where mask wearing is prevalent.  Visual cues of emotion can also be more difficult to decipher when suffering from certain conditions such as autism and other conditions can lead to heightened emotions, such as is often the case, post-stroke.

Therefore, a device that can report on live and condition specific emotional data could improve these encounters and relationships. Using breathing and heart rate data that can be read by radio frequencies, ‘Emotidat’ is a pair of wearable pieces that analyse and determine another persons’ emotions. Antenna/aerials within the tendrils of the brooch transmit frequencies and receive reflections of these frequencies from the person you are facing. After assessing the reflected data of breathing and heart rate patterns via algorithms, the wrist piece then outputs the results via vibrations to alert the wearer as to whether your interaction partner is feeling ‘joy, anger, sadness or pleasure’.

In 2016, researchers from MIT developed an EQ radio device that recognises emotions using wireless RF signals which gather data reflected off a persons’ anatomy which is then analysed via algorithms to determine which of the (above) four emotions the person is feeling (for more information, go to www.eqradio.csail.mit.edu).

‘Emotidat’ develops this concept further into a micro sized device that can be worn on the body, with the RF antenna/aerials facing the person you are having an interaction with. This means that live breathing and heart rate data can be gathered from a person in close proximity.

Emotidat also adds AI in order to adjust for atypical and individualised emotion states in certain conditions.

Using blue tooth, the data is then relayed to the wrist device for results output via vibrations to the wearer’s body.

 

Sharon was awarded a First Class Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Three Dimensional Design (Metalwork and Jewellery)  from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, UK.  In order to further explore theories linking jewellery with psychology, she undertook a Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychology through Leeds Beckett University.

Her work has been included in exhibitions as Goldsmiths' Hall, London, London Design Festival and UCA, Farnham.

She continues to design pieces that explore the integration of positive psychology and wellbeing within her designs in addition to teaching jewellery design and making classes.

 

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Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.