Jewellery to Enable: Daniela Villágran

My project explores new significances and contexts for jewellery. Specifically, how wearable objects might assist people with disabilities beyond jewellery’s normal realms of adornment. Can jewellery pieces enhance socio-emotional aspects of people with disabilities life?

The methodology has followed the development of workshops with adults with learning disabilities and interviews with their professional carers and families. As an outcome I am hoping to develop a series of wearable objects with embedded technology that will trigger meaningful memories of people’s life. These aesthetic and communicational qualities of craft pieces may enhance psychosocial aspects of health for people with special needs.

In May I participated in a conference organized by the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (University of Dundee and St. Andrews), presenting a research poster and managing the social networking of the conference.

I would like to acknowledge the generosity of the Nesvadba family, social carers and villagers of Newton Dee Camphill Community and OCR Casa Club and Dr. Thilo Kroll from the School Of Nursing and Midwifery.

Daniela studied jewellery at Escuela de Artes Aplicadas in Santiago, Chile. Since 2008 she has been working making jewellery and developing workshops for people with special requirements in OCR Casa Club (Chile) and Newton Dee Camphill Community (Scotland).

She is studying part time and will complete her Master of Design in September 2012.




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