Maria Hanson (Jewellery & Metalwork, SHU) speaks at Cambridge University and asks “What’s In My Stuff?”

An composite image of circuitry

Maria Hanson, (Jewellery and Metalwork, SHU) speaks at CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University) on Monday 27 February 2017 exploring the unprecedented amount of “stuff” we own.

What’s in my Stuff? seeks to engage with the public and explore the relationship between people and their gadgets. In doing so it hopes to raise public awareness of some of the emerging issues around critical materials supply, recycling and sustainability. It uses an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together scientists and artists in order to explore effective ways of engaging with the users of everyday technology to both seek their views and inform them of the key issues.

What’s in my Stuff? is a Sheffield Hallam University, Engineering for Life research network project, sponsored by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council) and Harsco Metals. It is a collaborative project between Dr Hywel Jones and Dr Karen Vernon-Parry from the Material and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) and Maria Hanson, Reader in Metalwork and Jewellery in the Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC).

Image credit: ‘Reuse – Revalue’: Brooches (work in progress) by What’s in my Stuff? – Maria Hanson.