Promoting and researching the multifarious possibilities that jewellery holds as a transformative agent in our everyday lives, her recent 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. 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 . Her pieces move beyond the visual aesthetic borders that define jewellery's roles of adornment in order to embrace biopsychosocial utility. Researching theories of emotion and well-being from interdisciplinary sources ranging from Architecture and Aesthetics to Neuroscience and Psychology, she applies these findings to her design concepts. Recent interest in the emotions stimulated through gift giving and receiving have inspired the design of a collection of Christmas gifts/decorations that aim to stimulate specific sentiments and emotions.
In a combination with traditional making methods, she explores and introduces the latest 3D CAD Design Technologies and 3D printing within her work.
'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.
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 undertoook a PostGraduate 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 currently works in a small studio in rural Suffolk, UK where she continues to make and teaches jewellery making classes.
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