Crafted Evolution - The creation of the HyperHive Series

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The following paper describes the conception and creation of the HyperHive Series of interactive pendants. This practice-led research analyses how the recent emergence of terms such as ‘craft technologist’ and ‘alchemical craft’ suggests a paradigm shift in the field of contemporary jewellery, describing practices and practitioners using craft methodologies to work with novel materials and processes. A return to the idea of interdisciplinary knowledge exchange between the arts and sciences, has reintroduced the essence of alchemical practice to contemporary crafts practitioners. The processes of serendipitous discovery and material experimentation lie at the heart of this practice, and smart materials with their metamorphic qualities have yielded fertile ground for exploration. This body of research focuses on probing these materials’ potential to create jewellery that comes alive on the body and responds to external stimuli by initiating a change in state, creating enchantment through playful interaction. Combining chromic smart materials with tactile silicone provides multifaceted colour transitions that react to the body and the environment in equal measures. Microelectronic elements imbue the jewellery with life, manifested through pulsating, breathing lights, and sensors that intimately connect object and wearer by measuring touch, light and movement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRTD2017 Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial Research Through Design Conference
EditorsAbigail Durrant, Joyce Yee
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherResearch Through Design
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2019
EventResearch Through Design 2017: New Disciplines of Making – Shared Knowledge in Doing - National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Mar 201724 Mar 2017
Conference number: 3rd


ConferenceResearch Through Design 2017
Abbreviated titleRTD 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • Smart Materials
  • Photochromics
  • Alchemical Craft
  • Chromic Silicone
  • Microelectronics
  • Digital Jewellery

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