In October and November some very interesting people are visiting Design School Kolding, where I do my PhD research. As part of my studies, I observe the design practices of other designers, to gain new knowledge of how to design engaging wearable health technology for persons with diverse needs.
Looking into this field, I run a ‘Welfare Design’ course at Accessory Design BA third year. This autumn we will host amazing Sarah Kettley and her former PhD supervisor, Professor Jack Cunningham to come visit and teach the bright students. The image below, is a narrative jewellery piece, created by Jack.
We will also collaborate with the Danish company Sahva and five of their users – followed by some project outcome, made by the accessory design students. These projects will later on be published in a book “The Accessory Approach”, by Design School Kolding.
Peta Bush will join the 3D workshop and come teach for two days at the ‘Welfare Design’ course as well. Peta has written some very relevant papers and articles, looking into craft practices of how to make therapeutic jewellery, among others.
At another course with the title “Human Sensorium”, Accessory Design MA 1st year Madeline Schwartzman will come teach. Madeline is absolutely fab and I visited her some years ago at Parsons School of Design in NY. She has now published two books which she also will talk about at the Design School.
Finally Professor Jayne Wallace will come and teach the Accessory Design students at MA 1st year as well. I am so pleased that Jayne will come visit us again, and bring her human approaches towards arts and crafts of jewellery, to teach to the students.
Why are these guest teachers interesting? All in all most of them has practiced and researched jewellery design, which is similar to the dynamics of accessory design fulfilling a wearers cultural fit purposes. We have a natural need for adorning ourselves, because we are social creatures. A persons cultural fit purposes is therefore important to investigate and cultivate, when we design engaging wearables, suited for the body and sense of self. I am sure the accessory design students at Design School Kolding, and myself will learn a lot!