The Power of Communication Through Art Jewellery

By Sarah O’Hana and Lesley-Anne Turner.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

The presentation illustrates the results of an interdisciplinary practice between the main author as art jeweller and engineering with materials science. The talk will be supported by a series of examples of surface marking of titanium by laser for the production of jewellery objects and the effects caused by heat delivered to the titanium substrate. The research demonstrates how laser controlled oxide growth on titanium can be used as an artistic tool by producing precisely defined colours according to different parameter settings. The overriding success of this work, however, is the pathway created from art practice into engineering research, taking advantage of methodologies from both cultures, resulting in an improved communication and understanding between these extreme disciplines. The paper is also concerned with the distance created between artist and technology, the importance of crossing boundaries and taking risks beyond normal personal practice in order to join in the investigation of global current debates, for example climate change. Through the collaboration with scientists and engineers and the production of art jewellery the author aims to bring new knowledge of science research and art practice to wider audiences.

Keywords: Jewellery, Materials Science, Laser, Communication

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 9, pp.259-270. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.811MB).

Dr. Sarah O’Hana

Programme Leader, Faculty of Art, Archotecture and Design, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

Sarah O’Hana was trained at Loughborough University School of Art and Design where she received a BA(Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing. During her years of self-employment she developed a range of jewellery in titanium that was selected by the Design Council and supplied several galleries across the UK. During her time as lecturer in design and visual arts she oversaw the integration of laser technology into jewellery and applied art courses in Manchester. Her PhD - Laser processing for contemporary jewellery: a bridge between cultures - at The University of Manchester School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering broke new ground in the communication between science and art practice. Her interest lies in managing collaborative work between arts and sciences, aiming to increase the public understanding of both these cultures and to bring research information to new audiences. She is currently programme leader of the Jewellery and Object BA(Hons) at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Lesley-Anne Turner

PhD Researcher, School of Materials Science, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Lesley-Anne Turner is currently completing a materials PhD at The University of Manchester, sponsored by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The aim of her PhD project is to investigate the effects that nano scaled topographies have on cell behaviours for tissue engineering applications. This research sits at the interface between Materials and Life Sciences and as such, incorporates techniques and development in both areas. Lesley-Anne’s interests lie in collaborative research and debate between different communities, both within the scientific arena and between scientific and other disciplines. Her enjoyment from such collaborations comes when the skills, approach and culture of one discipline are digested and reworked for another, stimulating innovation and exciting results that engage wider communities. She is currently looking forward to continuing her research at the University of Manchester in a post-doctoral research role within the Biomaterials department.


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