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Bitter Sweet

Bitter Sweet is a project developed from Kate’s Masters project. The project makes use of a creative design method ‘Rip and Mix’ to create bespoke jewellery. This method, pioneered by renowned design researcher Dr. Rosan Chow, draws upon elements of existing jewellery and conventional products, mixing them together to generate new designed objects.
Bitter Sweet Tool Kit

Kate worked with Dr. Chow on a project commissioned by Deutsche Telekom to develop this new, unconventional way of designing.

With the understanding gained from this experience, Kate ambitiously took the process further by physically producing the ideas it generated. As a result, Kate created personal and unique pieces that have the ability to capture, store and relay memories of the wearer.

Kate has created a game which is a tool used to spark interesting conversations with clients. This tool asks the clients to choose a piece of traditional jewellery and an example of a technology, from within the game, to then work with Kate to generate ‘quick and dirty’ design solutions.

The newly designed artefacts were created with the intent to capture memories. In uncovering people’s wants and desires, the project embraced the creator’s belief of one of her participants that:

“Memories and the windows to your soul, you want them to be remembered, stored and shared.”

Vanilla Ink aims to share and teach this method to fellow jewellers, graduates and students. Giving them the opportunity to use it within their practice and add it to their essential tools.


Bitter Sweet Exhibition:

11th of Septmber 2009




2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2010 2:15 pm

    It is certainly interesting for me to read that blog. Thanx for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to them. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.


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