Sandra Wilson

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Reader (Jewellery & Metal Design)


Dr Sandra Wilson is a contemporary jeweller, silversmith, researcher and educator. She is a Reader in Jewellery & Metal Design and is passionate about the transformative power of making things. Her highly interdisciplinary work has won awards from the Scottish Arts Council, the Audi Foundation for Innovation, and the British European Designers Group. Her work is also in the collection of HRH Princess Anne.

Her research investigates recovering precious metals such as gold and copper from electronic waste and is working with the Love Chemistry Group at Edinburgh University who have developed a new ligand that specifically targets gold. She has also researched the lesser known silversmithing technique ‘Dutch raising’ and is currently exploring how there may be parallels with this and Japanese raising methods. She is responsible for bringing the European Silversmiths Forum (Hammerclub) to Dundee in May 2019.

She advocates for making practice as research and projects have included Pulse: The Stuff of Life exploring the beauty of 3D protein architecture and thoughtfully integrating traditional hand fabrication and new technologies such as 3D printing. From Pulse, work was included in three exhibitions, namely; Origin: Ur Sprung Schmuck – an international touring exhibition including Inhorgenta the worlds' largest jewellery fair in Munich; Nature Inspired Design – an AHRC/EPSRC national initiative -Design for the 21stCentury; and Design4science an international touring exhibition and symposium highlighting cutting edge design and science. Co-investigator on Imprints: Public Responses to Identity Management technologies and practices a major £1.9m EPSRC research project. This research was concerned with the way that new wearable technologies could empower the user to express their fluid identities rather than be used for surveillance.

She is co-editor of the new Journal of Jewellery Research and writes frequently for Art Jewelry Forum.


Research projects

Open Design of Trusted Things - Open Dott - EC Horizon 2020 - Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) with Jon Rogers, Nic Taylor et al £1.3m

Global Challenges Research Fund - Decentralising India’s Digital Futures. With our partners we have developed a long term theory of change where we are seeking to reverse the direction of digital colonialism in order to re-empower communities in the global south through the production of Internet of Things. 

IMprints: Public Responses to Future Identity Practices and Technologies
This 3 year research project examined the taboos and desires of identity management – specifically - What will influence UK and US publics to engage and/or disengage with identity management practices, services and technologies of the future? EPSRC, £1.9m Co-Investigator. Collaborators; Prof Liesbet Van Zoonen, Loughborough University; Prof Pam Briggs, University of Northumbria; Dr Aletta Norval, University of Essex and Dr Dave Thurman, Pacific Northwest Laboratories, USA.  October 2011 - 2014.

Tempting Fate: A historical perspective of jewellery, superstition and disease.
This historical research at Goldsmiths Hall and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London has explored the symbol system related to jewellery superstition & disease. Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. £ 2,184. Principal Investigator. December 2010.    

Research outputs

Wilson, S.(2018) Urban Gold Rush in Perspectives for a Fairer Jewellery Future Exhibition at Elements: A Festival of Gold & Silver, Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh.

Wilson, S. (2018) Spotlight on Creative Scotland and Dundee Visual Arts and Craft Makers Award Scheme, chapter 50 in Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Cultural Change. Sharma, M., Garber, E. & Hochtritt, L. (eds.). Routledge.

Wilson, S. (2018) The Mystery of Dutch Raising in Silver Studies the journal of the Silver Society 2018.  81 – 96pp. Work also exhibited at Elements Festival, Edinburgh, 2016. 

Bernabei, R; Wallace, J and Wilson, S. (2018) Edutorial Journal of Jewellery Research

Wilson, S. (2016 – 2018) Various interviews for Art Jewellery Forum

Nasseri, M, and Wilson, S.  (2017) A Reflection on learning Crafts as a practice for self-development in Reflective Practice: International and Multi-disciplinary Perspectives. Volume 18 issue 2. Taylor & Francis online

Wilson S, Flores, L. (2016) Identity Management, Premediation and the City, chapter 5 in Digital Futures and the City of Today: New Technologies and Physical Spaces EDS. Edited by Caldwell, Glenda; Smith, Carl; and Clift, Edward.  2016, ISBN 9781783205608.

Wilson, S. and Flores L (2013) Premediation & Identity Management: New Model Cyborgs Organic and Digital. Leonardo Electronic Almanac 2013.