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Towards the Posthuman: Materiality and process in the creation of stimulus-responsive jewellery objects

  The idea of creating a jewellery organism that comes alive on the
body has fascinated and inspired my research ever since learning
about the potential inherent in smart materials almost ten years
ago. While smart materials have been known to scientists for far
longer (Huang et al., 2010), and have been used to great effect in
engineering and aeronautic applications as actuators, their use in
contemporary art and craft has been sporadic, most likely because
of the challenges posed in processing and shaping them. With the
increased prevalence of digital technologies in our everyday lives,
the questions posed to the contemporary craft practitioner
regarding the creation of a more refined interaction between the
digitally enhanced object and its wearer have become progressively
more prominent in the applied arts. Through examining the notion
that human biology is a part of material culture, where the body
can be shaped, customised or altered through surgical intervention
and scientific innovation, my research explores how recent
developments in material science and wearable technologies can
be viewed as moving towards a future embracing the posthuman
body, bridging the gap between craft practitioner and scientific
discovery. Developing a holistic approach, whereby material
experimentation and digital production processes are used to
facilitate the development of aesthetically and biologically
integrated wearable technologies, is the goal I strive towards
attaining. More immediately however, I am challenging the
perception of smart materials and their application within the field
of contemporary jewellery in both an artistic and scientific context
through proposing the development of symbiotic stimulus-reactive
jewellery organisms.

  • Date:

    04 September 2013

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    740 Drawing & decorative arts


Vones, K. (2013). Towards the Posthuman: Materiality and process in the creation of stimulus-responsive jewellery objects. In All Makers Now?ISBN 978-0-9544187-9-3



Smart materials, contemporary craft, digitally enhanced objects, wearable technology,

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