Hazel White and the art of interpretation

This morning I was through at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), Dundee, attending a lecture by the jeweller Hazel White called Make Things Make Sense.  It’s another one of those lectures that struck a chord with me and I thought I’d share with you.

Hazel is a jeweller and designer whose research and practice investigates the secret life of  personal possessions. She collaborates with artists, healthcare professionals,  computer programmers, forensic scientists and other designers to explore how our engagement with personal objects can be translated into products and systems that have meaning in people’s lives.

Which prompts the question – how can a designer make a piece of jewellery have meaning?  I’m in my second year at DJCAD and this is something we’re encouraged to express in our work and illustrate in our sketchbooks (no pun intended…), but how can meaning be created in a piece by a designer that is then translated into the experience of the wearer?

I’ll leave you to ponder that one a while…


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  1. Maybe the same way meaning is captured in a painting or a piece of writing — maybe iif the maker commits to honestly creating something imbued w meaning, the wearer will get some sense of the maker’s intent, & transform it w their own.

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