TARA LOIS BLOGS

Our blogs cover a range of topics including:

∙ The design and making processes for Tara Lois creations, giving you an insight into the unseen aspects involved in developing pieces, from initial inspiration through to the finished design.

∙ There is a series covering theoretical research into how emotion can be designed into jewellery looking at psychology, colour theory, gestalt and much more.

∙ We will also include travel blogs to jewellery districts around the world as we explore them. If there are any topics you would like Tara Lois to cover then please let us know using any of the different ways to contact us.

Blogs covering design and make processes for jewellery designing for emotional jewellery and travel blogs

TARA LOIS BLOGS

Our blogs cover a range of topics including:

∙ The design and making processes for Tara Lois creations, giving you an insight into the unseen aspects involved in developing pieces, from initial inspiration through to the finished design.

∙ There is a series covering theoretical research into how emotion can be designed into jewellery looking at psychology, colour theory, gestalt and much more.

∙ We will also include travel blogs to jewellery districts around the world as we explore them. If there are any topics you would like Tara Lois to cover then please let us know using any of the different ways to contact us.

Hindu Wedding Inspired Silver Brooch – The Story behind the Design and Make

By Tara Lois | 15 February 2021

Created in 925 sterling silver with cloisonne enamel, filigree, hand made chain and garnets. I did not know anything about Indian wedding traditions until my client asked me to design and make a contemporary reminder of Indian wedding jewellery. She wanted a modern, flowing large brooch which would include her favourite colours of amber and…

How I Create Sustainable Jewellery

By Tara Lois | 21 December 2020

Recycling old jewellery and manufactured stones help jewellery be sustainable

Silver Anniversary Embrace Ring – The Story behind the Design and Make

By Tara Lois | 4 December 2020

The ring was created as a wedding anniversary gift which could be worn daily by a lady who really loves unusual jewellery. The brief was to design a ring to symbolise their love and how special they feel when they look into each other’s eyes and embrace. The result was this organic shaped ring which…

How Can Emotion be Designed into Jewellery? Part 5 – Can Design be Used to Evoke Emotions Using Visual Cues?

By Tara Lois | 30 November 2020

WHAT ARE VISUAL CUES AND ARE THEY UNIVERSAL? I approached Keycomm, a group which works with Edinburgh City Council and the NHS to develop language support systems for people with communication disorders. Keycomm uses Alternative and Augmentative Communications (AAC), a range of games, videos, posters and communication boards developed specifically to meet an individual’s needs.…

How Can Emotion be Designed into Jewellery? Part 4 – The Atlas of Emotions

By Tara Lois | 9 November 2020

CAN EXPERTS IN EMOTIONAL SCIENCE HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TRIGGERS, EMOTIONS AND ACTIONS? The Dali Lama is the leader of the Buddhist faith, believed to be the 14th reincarnation of the same spiritual leader. Although exiled from Tibet, he still believes in peace and that science and religion don’t conflict. He approached…

How Can Emotion be Designed into Jewellery? Part 3 – How Psychologists Have Analysed Emotion

By Tara Lois | 4 November 2020

PSYCHOLOGY REALLY BEGAN WITH A STUDY IN HYSTERIA The saying, a “Freudian slip”, is based on a real man, Sigmund Freud, and his work on emotions. In 1895 Freud co-wrote Studies in Hysteria which would be insulting today but, at the time, women were repressed and their mental health issues were called “hysteria”! He was…

How Can Emotion be Designed into Jewellery? Part 2 – What are Emotions?

By Tara Lois | 2 November 2020

WHAT ARE EMOTIONS? Before finding out whether we can design for emotion, we need to define what emotions are, how they differ from feelings and how they interact with memory. If you have seen the TV series Lie to Me then you already know a bit about Dr Paul Ekman because the programmes are based…

How Can Emotion be Designed into Jewellery? Part 1 – Emotional Memories

By Tara Lois | 4 October 2020

RELIVING EMOTIONAL MEMORIES Why did a war veteran react so emotionally when he looked at my sculpture in the Arthall gallery? The story begins when Steve, a war veteran, came bak to the gallery a few weeks after he was so emotionally moved by my sculpture “Self Esteem”, photographed here through the gallery window. Steve’s…

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Mental Health Medal – Story behind the design and make

By Tara Lois | 30 May 2020

I designed this therapeutic medal for the 1 in 6 people who suffer from mental health issues but who outwardly appear like everyone else. The truth is that behind the facade they are covering up how broken they often feel. This is represented by the soft matt body shape with mask-like features. The mirror finished…