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RESEARCH OUTPUTS (papers and articles):

KEYTE, J., 2015 (forthcoming). Objects in Purgatory: Uncherished gifts and story-telling brooches.Studies in Material Thinking,13. link to journal

KEYTE, J., (2014). Knowledge in the making: the 'Power to the People' workshop track at Crafting the Future (contributing author).The Design Journal,17(3). link to abstract

KEYTE, J., 2013. Campaign Badges: Creating Meaning Through Making, A. DURRANT, J. JEE and J. WALLACE, eds. In:Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design 2013 Conference, 3rd-5th September 2013 to full paper

KEYTE, J., 2013. Making, Gifting and Connecting,Crafting the Future: 10th European Academy of Design Conference, 17-19 April 2013. link to full paper

KEYTE, J., 2013. Objects in Purgatory: How we live with Uncherished Gifts.Interiors, Bloomsbury,4(3). link to abstract

KEYTE, J., 2012. Objects in purgatory: how we live with uncherished gifts,Out of Control: 8th International Design & Emotion Conference, 11th-14th September 2012.full paper PDF

Design and Emotional Attachment

The Campaign for Objects in Purgatory has been initiated by jewellery designer and academic Julia Keyte.The project contributes to research on emotionally sustainable design and has so far consisted of workshops, exhibitions, international conferences and journal articles. It explores the meaning-making processes which influence whether a possession is kept, or thrown away. Focusing on objects embodying an emotional conflict (rather than studying cherished objects) is way of gaining insight into the push-and-pull of emotion in a user-product relationship. The stories of uncherished gifts are a rich source for reflecting on how experiences, emotions, memories and relationships are embedded in a personal infrastructure of possessions.

We are facing a challenging era when scarcity of natural resources is likely to have a significant impact on manufacturing and the economy, and we need to find alternatives to production and consumption cycles that create waste. This has implications for the way we consume and own things.

2nd hand copy of DJ Hero

Designing products that trigger and sustain emotional attachments is seen as a means of encouraging users to keep products, and slow the creation of waste.However, it is not easy to design an attachment, because a designer can only control the physical, material and aesthetic properties of a product.It is difficult to influence the creation of meaning over a long period of time.

The Campaign for Objects in Purgatory goes beyond the product, to examine the shaping of attachment through the everyday life of the object in the domestic environment.By finding out where uncherished gifts are located in the home the project reveals how domestic practices, and thespaces we inhabit,can impact on the decision to keep an object.

Find out about Objects in Purgatory news and events here.

The project is supported by the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.

Julia Keyte 2012