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Julia Keyte

Personal statement

Julia Keyte is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design. She is a designer, experienced educator and researcher and is passionate about making as a basis for innovation.

Julia’s creative roots are in jewellery design. Her collections exploring precious metals and alternative materials became the basis for a practice that expanded across product design, packaging and textiles. Her work has been exhibited across the UK, Europe and in the US, and represented in international design awards and significant private collections.

Julia also publishes research on the unobserved emotional power of everyday possessions, and is excited about how the critical practice of design can reshape consumption.

She has established original practice-based methods for engaging audiences in active reflection on their practices of keeping possessions, and developed participatory activities and public events that bring together making, design, display, exchange and curation. Her research is published through peer reviewed academic journals such as Studies in Material Thinking and Interiors (Bloomsbury). Through her research Julia’s teaching is informed by cutting edge thinking, leading to new projects such as Thinking Keeping, with product designer Richard Evans and structural packaging designer Peter MacQueen.

Julia has a BA (Hons) from the internationally respected silversmithing and jewellery department at Edinburgh College of Art, and an MFA in product design from the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. 

Research and academic outputs

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Thinking Keeping: a practice-led research project which focuses on the act of opening or breaking in to product packaging
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Keyte, J, Evans, R and MacQueen, P (2016) 'Thinking Keeping: a practice-led research project which focuses on the act of opening or breaking in to product packaging.' In: Desmet, P.M.A, Fokkinga, S.F, Ludden, G.D.S, Cila, N and van Zuthem, H, eds. Celebration and contemplation: proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Design and Emotion, Amsterdam, September 27-30, 2016. The Design & Emotion Society, Amsterdam, pp. 744-753. ISBN 9789461867254


Objects in Purgatory brooch exchange: storytelling artefacts as agents for audience engagement
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Keyte, J (2015) 'Objects in Purgatory brooch exchange: storytelling artefacts as agents for audience engagement.' Studies in Material Thinking, 13. ISSN 1177-6234


In the making: the ‘Power to the People’ workshop track at Crafting the Future
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von Busch, O, Holroyd, A.T, Keyte, J, Yin, S.C, Ginsburg, H, Earley, R, Ballie, J and Hansson, H (2014) 'In the making: the ‘Power to the People’ workshop track at Crafting the Future.' The Design Journal, 17 (3). pp. 379-401. ISSN 1460-6925


Thinking Keeping: a practice-led research project which focuses on the act of opening or breaking in to product packaging
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Keyte, J, Evans, R and MacQueen, P (2016) Thinking Keeping: a practice-led research project which focuses on the act of opening or breaking in to product packaging. In: 10th Annual Conference on Design and Emotion, 27 - 30 September 2016, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Hardware hopes : examining emotional connections to computers through creative story telling
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Keyte, J (2015) Hardware hopes : examining emotional connections to computers through creative story telling. In: PLATE (Product Lifetimes and the Environment) Conference, 17 - 19 June 2015, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK.


The alternative history of a Victorian washstand set
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Keyte, J (2014) The alternative history of a Victorian washstand set. In: ICDHS 2014 : Tradition, Transition, Trajectories - Major or Minor Influences?, 9-11 July 2014, Aveiro, Portugal.


The personal histories of things: keeping and caring
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Keyte, J (2014) The personal histories of things: keeping and caring. In: Custodians of Home, Conference of the Centre for Studies of Home, 31 January 2014, Geffreye Museum, London, UK.


Possessions unlimited
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Keyte, J (2012) Possessions unlimited. In: Sperkstret International Jewellery Conference, 10-12 October 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia.


Objects in purgatory: how we live with uncherished gifts
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Keyte, J (2012) Objects in purgatory: how we live with uncherished gifts. In: 8th International Design & Emotion Conference: Out of Control, 11 - 14 September 2012, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London, UK.


Hands on - hands off on hitting your thumb with a virtual hammer
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Fisher, T, Keyte, J and Wood, N (2009) Hands on - hands off on hitting your thumb with a virtual hammer. In: Undisciplined! Design Research Society Conference 2008, 16-19 July 2008, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.


Durable design: an opportunity for contemporary studio jewellery?
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Keyte, J (2007) Durable design: an opportunity for contemporary studio jewellery? In: EAD 07: 7th International Conference of the European Academy of Design, 11-13 May 2007, Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey.


Hardware Hopes
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Keyte, J (2014) Hardware Hopes. In: Manchester Mini Maker Faire, Museum of Science of Industry, Manchester, UK, 26 July 2014.


Objects in purgatory: campaign badges
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Keyte, J (2013) Objects in purgatory: campaign badges. In: Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 3 - 5 September 2013.


The Campaign for Objects in Purgatory
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Keyte, J (2011) The Campaign for Objects in Purgatory. Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield, UK, May 2011.


Domestic plastic
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Keyte, J (2007) Domestic plastic. In: International Trade Fair, Munich, Munich, Germany, 2007.


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