Cultural and personal values define who we are, and are reflected in the way we act and what we wear.
The type of jewelry we choose to wear can be linked to our culture and personal taste. This project explores how jewelry can act as a memento on an individual level.
A necklace was designed to act as a memento of a trip to South Africa for a specific user. The necklace has a hidden message that only the wearer can read. This message reminds her of her family.
University of Technology Eindhoven
She was there with her family and it was the first time traveling so far from home.
South-Africa reminded her a
lof of Morocco. It was a place
where she could be herself.
For this project a necklace was designed for a specific person. The piece of jewelry had to act as a memento for that person.
The necklace acts as a memento of a trip the wearer took to South Africa. This trip was very memorable for her because she was there with her family and it was a place where she could be herself. It felt like home.
The shape of the necklace is inspired by the outline of an elephant head. From a front view, people will only see the outline of an elephant. From a top view the necklace is special because of the hidden message that only the wearer can see. For this necklace the wearer can look down and see the word ‘daring’; this word is meaningful for the person who was interviewed for this project and reminds her of her family. The hidden message adds an extra dimension to the piece, a personal value.
An interview was conducted to discover the cultural and personal values of the wearer. Using the values outlined by the wearer, the necklace was developed to act as a memento for this trip.
© 2020 Petek Tezcan
Iterate through making
The necklace was developed, made, and evaluated. The use of 3D printing of prototypes allowed the user to interact throughout the process and provide her feedback to make it more personal.