There are many challenges facing us as practitioners, researchers and commentators of craft, as discussed and expressed here over the past few days. If we are to assert the relevance of our discipline within our current culture and that of the future we need to engage with the challenge that lies centrally to this question: that of communication.
How do we communicate that craft is a valuable, relevant, unique force within our fast changing world? Or communicate the value of knowledge within craft practice and the value of craft as a form of exploration involving human meaning and significance?
The theme of communication is one that has arisen within my current doctoral research into the integration of digital technologies within Contemporary Jewellery. Within this area of investigation the core of my work is to explore how jewellery can act to express and play a role within what we each consider to be meaningful for us in our lives and how the expression of fragments of this can be expanded through the integration of digital technologies.