Ahde-Deal, Petra, “It's From My Grandma.' How Jewellery Becomes Singular,” The Design journal 20, no.1 (2017): 29-43.
This article is concerned with objects that are kept within families for generations, questioning “how these objects become so significant that they become irreplaceable parts of what Russell Belk called the core self, and how they define the selves of their possessors.” Rather than looking at production or point of purchase to create meaningful objects the paper considers how meaning is created after purchase outside their design and consumerist value. The paper studies two groups of women and their cherished jewellery connected with their sense of self. Each group was from different demographics and aimed to compare their stories surrounding their jewellery, self and family. The women from both groups gained strength and power from the knowledge of wearing the jewellery and the memory and history it stood for.
I relate this paper back to how I can embed story and connection to self and family into my product, to create an object that will transcend consumerist behaviour. Exploring empathetic design to create a product that becomes singular in importance, an object to be kept and passed on to generations. Elevating a material once obsolete into one that is cherished.