Shifting between boundaries: ‘Contextual Examples’ as boundary objects in a Jeweller - Visual Artist distributed collaboration

Dong Ding*, Sarah Kettley

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Cross-disciplinary collaborations are prevalent in craft and design, during which artists draw from or apply knowledge from outside their primary field. In such creative processes, boundary objects are often present. This paper proposes the '’Contextual Examples' as a new type of boundary object and traces its emer-gence through the analysis of data from the ‘Data-Music-Jewellery’ project - a distributed collaboration between a UK-based jeweller and a US-based visual art-ist. Through an initial review, 37 boundary objects, clustered into 8 types, were identified. This paper focuses on how the ‘Contextual Examples’ as a novel type of boundary object seemed to supported the emergence of cross-disciplinary jewellery practice. By offering a nuanced perspective on the roles of 'Contextual Example objectss' in this project, the paper contributes to the understanding of communication, knowledge flow, and the evolution of cross-disciplinary jewel-lery in collaborative settings, expanding the concept of boundary objects with-in design and creative practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2024
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherThe Design Research Society
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2024
EventDesign Research Society Conference 2024: Resistance, Recovery, Reflection, Reimagination - College of Arts, Media, and Design at Northeastern University, Boston, United States
Duration: 24 Jun 202428 Jun 2024

Publication series

NameProceedings of DRS
ISSN (Electronic)2398-3132


ConferenceDesign Research Society Conference 2024
Abbreviated titleDRS2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • jewellery
  • cross-disciplinary jewellery
  • Cross-disciplinary Research
  • cross-disciplinary making
  • collaboration
  • distributed collaboration
  • boundary objects
  • contextual example


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