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Sandra Wilson

Sandra Wilson

Senior Lecturer (Teaching & Research- Jewellery &
Metal Design)

Tel: 01382 385279
Level 7, Matthew Building, DJCAD,
13 Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HT


Sandra's practice as a contemporary jeweller is highly collaborative working with for example scientists, anthropologists, and psychologists. Central to her jewellery is the potential for the wearer to personalise pieces through their interaction with them. This innovative approach 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.

She completeed her PhDin 2006 on establishing the influence of the organic philosophy of nature developed by the German Romantic Philosophers on the development of contemporary craft.

Pulse: The Stuff of Life was an early research collaboration exploring the beauty of 3d protein architecture and thoughtfully integrating traditional hand fabrication and new technologies such as computer-aided design. 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 21st Century; and Design4science an international touring exhibition and symposium highlighting cutting edge design and science. 

Current research projects are concerned with the relationship between jewellery, modern superstition and disease and identity management systems, practices and technologies.

Research interests include the interface between art & science, craft and sustainability, technology & the body and the nature of identity.

PhD Supervision

Offers supervision in contemporary jewellery (new materials and processes, identity), craft theory & practice, craft & sustainability and organic approaches to technology and the body.

PhD projects completed in Shibori Contemporary Jewellery (1) and Electro-deposition, and Craft Theory and Practice (2).

Research Projects

  • IMPRINTS Public Responses to Future Identity Practices and Technologies
    This 3 year research project seeks to examine 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, £467,522.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.
  • 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.
  • Computer Aided Design and Mass Individualization in a Jewellery SME - Lorraine Law Contemporary Jewellery.
    This project transferred computer aided design and manufacturing knowledge to Lorraine Law the Jewellers to enhance the profitability of this SME. In particular the project explored the potential for CAD/CAM to address ‘mass individualisation’ rather than ‘mass production’. Innovation Voucher scheme, Higher Education Funding Council, £10,331. Principal Investigator. September 2010.

REF Outputs

  • Design4Science: The Visual Communication of Science 2007 – 2009. International touring exhibition & associated book. Wheeler, Shirley; Long, Angela. Wellcome Trust. ISBN: 978-1-873757-91-8 p.82.
  • Pulse: The Stuff of Life. 2004 – 2006. New Jewellery based on Protein Architecture Exhibition catalogue with essay by Kate MacIntyre Buckingham Chilterns University. Sandra Wilson, Jivan Astfalck & Bernard de Bono. Scottish Arts Council, University of Dundee and University of Central England. ISBN: 1 899837 47 7
  •  Jewellery Unlimited. 2004. Association of Contemporary Jewellery. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. A peer reviewed national exhibition of original and challenging contemporary jewellery. The exhibition demonstrates the range of work being undertaken by leading makers in the UK. Work featured in the introductory essay. ISBN: 0953856011
  • Origin: Ur Sprung. 2004 - 2006. International peer reviewed touring exhibition including the world’s largest Jewellery & Watch Trade Fair, Inhorgenta Europe in Munich. Forum Fur Schmuck und Design.


Imprints Futures

The Body and Technology