What is O.C.D.? As Wikipedia explains, it’s a mental disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by a combination of such thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). This has been the basis of a jewlery design project by Lillian Pau, a graduate from London’s Central Saint Martins College. What really intrigued me about her project was how she studied O.C.D. (obsessive compulsive disorder) and incorporated her findings into a witty collection of jewelry that really illustrates and represents this sort of human behavior. After speaking with Lillian personally, she reminded me of how humans interact with their jewelry—how we’re attached to our favorite pieces, how we fiddle with them unconsciously and how we sometimes feel naked without it! Through her research she discovered there’s a bit of O.C.D. in all of us, which I would have to agree with.
Rather than using the more common materials (like gold and diamonds) in her collection, she instead decided to put together the materials she had and handled them in a way that would make them precious. From the pieces below, you can see the bracelet is made up of switches (from an electrical store), while the ring is made up of an amplifier switch (found at a neighbourhood junk store), all very common and recognizable items.
I personally really like the idea and concept behind this project, as it really makes me think about whether the jewelry that I currently wear everyday, is for style or really meant to satisfy the O.C.D. in me. For more information on Lillian’s upcoming projects, visit her website. She is currently creating a more wearable line that plays along the same ideas and concepts but making things easier to wear and maybe slightly simpler. It’s not easy especially since her pieces have so much meaning and story behind it, I’m excited to learn about what’s coming down the pipe. Do keep us posted. Thanks for your time Lillian!