University of Dundee
Dougie Kinnear is a jeweller whose work challenges the traditional role of jewellery. Communication with others or the wearers’ environment through hidden and unobtrusive technology is a key component, creating a new dimension of interactive wearable. As well as traditional hand skills he also utilises CAD techniques and rapid prototyping technology in his design process. He has a particular interest in designing wearables that have positive societal benefits and is a great believer in participatory design. His undergraduate final year work saw him create a new medical alert jewellery service concept that addressed concerns raised by the stakeholders of current medical alert jewellery. He teaches in a part-time capacity at The Adam Smith College in Fife and has been commissioned by the college on a number of occasions to make jewellery for visiting dignitaries including former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.