I'm a design researcher & teacher - my work explores the potential of jewellery, digital technologies and the act of making to support sense of self. 

A particular focus is the role that contemporary craft and the digital can play within dementia, end of life and bereavement to support a dynamic sense of ongoingness.

As Reader in Craft Futures in the Design School at Northumbria University I'm Postgraduate Research Lead and have some fantastic PhD students.

I'm the co-founder of RTD (Research Through Design) conference with Joyce Yee and co-founder of the Journal of Jewellery Research with Roberta Bernabei and Sandra Wilson.

[The image that I use here is of a brooch housing a photo of my grandfather - he had it made when he was 19 and gave it to my grandmother when he proposed to her before going to war. My using this image could seem to be based in sentimentality - but this isn't the case. Apart from the personal meaning of this piece, and an image of my grandad that I love, I use it because it speaks to what is fundamental to the potential of jewellery. A category of objects that can be intensely human, comprising complex relational dynamics, able to transport us to other people, places, emotional states - whilst maintaining a close connection to the body - something that can accompany us. There is the potential for an intense privacy played out in a public forum that makes jewellery unique as a carrier of meaning.]


Dr Jayne Wallace

Reader in Craft Futures

School of Design

City Campus East

Northumbria University

Newcastle Upon Tyne



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