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. Due to the fact this piece is designed to highlight a political ideal, full consideration was given as to whether this needed to be physically produced. Not finding the full justification for the necessity to produce it as a physical collection, the decision was made to produce it simply as a digital 3D render.
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.
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