Magnetic Memories, MA Collection 2018
The imprint of the biography that is carried with jewellery became a central theme to my Master’s research. I developed a methodology of gathering my primary data through semi-structured interviews of participants along with their jewellery collections and jointly producing a visual map of their contents and associated stories.
I created simple geometric forms that outwardly do not appear to be wearable yet can nestle and wrap around the contents of a jewellery box. The multi-layered narratives of past and present are represented through stripped down imagery set in enamel and steel of identical sizes and shapes. Thus, each memory becomes equal to the next, but interchangeable as magnetic components allow for the wearer to rearrange them, creating new and wearable ornamental narratives in doing so. I aimed to represent a singular, sensory expression of the relationships that exist in owning and wearing jewellery of mixed histories and heritage.