Forensic Jewellry

Arriving in the lecture theatre, ready to hear a talk from a jewellery design graduate, I honestly wasn’t expecting to gain much inspiration from the talk as an Interior Designer myself. My knowledge on what jewellery design entails is little above zero and I will admit I wasn’t expecting much.

Maria Maclennan took to the floor and I was instantly drawn to her big, child like eyes darkened with makeup and framed by various piercings and gems. She stood looking relaxed whilst staring back at all of her student audience.  She introduced herself by name and did not drop her gaze from the crowd. Her jawline was framed by dark, intricate tattoos covering her neck and also appearing on her hands. As she began to describe her line of work and how she was involved with Police Scotland I found myself to be drawing more and more interest towards her profession. She discussed various cases in which jewellery had been used to identify victims of crime in a way that science couldn’t.

It was amazing to hear how design thinking could create a whole new field of study and research. I have a lot of admiration for Maria in the way that she is pioneering a field that doesn’t really exist yet and would never exist if she wasn’t researching it. I will be following @forensicJewellery in the future and am excited how this develops as a concept in the near future.


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