Jewellery is the central theme of my work. From the earliest times mankind feels the urge to adorn oneself. I’m fascinated by the way such small objects can bear and express strong meaning, both for the individual and in a social context.
Jewellery is a mirror of the time in which it is created.
It not only reflects the social cultural standards of that era, yet it also adopts new technologies. Nowadays developments like 3D printing and wearable electronics offer interesting – and challenging – opportunities. I’m interested in exploring how these new technologies can renew, enlarge and extent the social cultural meaning of jewellery.
Jewellery often marks a life-event.
One of the reasons to cherish jewellery is because it forms a physical cue to trigger autobiographical memory. My work in relation to (autobiographical) memory and regaining psychological well-being after a life-changing event is part of the Materialising Memories research program run by Elise van den Hoven. Secondly it is closely related to the work on transformative practice by Caroline Hummels.
My work on the topics listed above is fed by knowledge about the history of jewellery, an interest in art and fashion, an affinity with interaction design, my jewellery making skills and a research-through-design approach.