I'm a design researcher & Professor in the Design School at Northumbria University, UK. 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 Postgraduate Research Lead in the Design School I supervise a number, and support all, of our PhD students in design. I'm also Co-Director of the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training [CDT] Northumbria-Sunderland Consortium. We have some really interesting work going on and there are examples of this under People, Places & Projects.

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 and meanings, able to transport us to other people, places, emotional states - all whilst maintaining a close connection, physically and conceptually, to the body. There is the potential for an intense privacy played out in a public forum that makes jewellery unique as a carrier of meaning.]


Jayne Wallace

School of Design

City Campus East

Northumbria University

Newcastle Upon Tyne



skype: jayne_wallace

twitter: [at]JayneWellAce

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