Personhood in Dementia project, exploring maintenance of self-identity in dementia. Jayne worked over several years in a co-creative manner with Gillian who has Dementia and her husband John. The Jewellery box piece represents one output of the project, it exists to associate swatches cut from Gillians old dresses with sound recorded by her and her family. This work was chiefly a collaboration with digital jeweller Jayne Wallace and electronic engineer Dr Karim Ladha.
For a wider description of the Personhood in Dementia project I suggest Jayne Wallace’s writeup which discusses the wider context, methodology, stimuli and other pieces, this page will mostly focus on the Jewellery box artefact. In brief the project looked at using jewellery objects as aids to anchor events and memories and help maintain sense of self. The project and Jayne’s wider work aimed to demonstrate the potential of digital technologies designed in a gentle and atypical ways to challenge the expected norms of the digital.