Data has increasingly become more accessible and recognisable as the fabric of our lives in a digital world. The definition for data is wide and can be interpreted in a variety of ways: information, numbers, facts, patterns, code, algorithms etc.
Data can be misread, misinterpreted, mishandled or weaponised as much as it can be informative, revealing, beautiful and powerful. Data can help us form predictions and can also act as a footprint or an archive of where we have been. Technology has its roots in the language of binary code, whilst living organisms are borne of the data coded within its DNA. The value and preciousness of data has climbed to dizzying heights where as individuals we increasingly fear it and are careful to protect it, whilst commercial businesses and organisations seek to collect and monetise it through means that we may not even be aware of.
On the prevalent theme of data, this year we invite entrants to design jewellery or body adornment that uses or illustrates one or more of the many facets of data. We encourage entrants to push their concept, imagination and ambition far and wide to illustrate a topic of concern or an interpretation of data in a unique and innovative way in the form of jewellery. Entrants can use their designs to educate, provoke or to experiment with data as potential new material in design.