Intimacy in Accessories

Trine Møller, Anne Louise Bang

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Abstract

This paper presents a study of three older women and their needsdefining accessories, to understand the relationships betweenthem and their favourite objects, and to clarify why they choose towear them. The women were asked to showcase the accessoriesin their own home; thus the objects became enablers of conversations about personal life experiences of significance, whichcomplemented the thrust of the study. This explorative studygenerated important information about why the women wear whatthey do. The home setting furthermore indulged a free way ofanecdotal conversation and served the study with intimate detailsand rich stories. The findings showed that these accessories areobjects with unique personal qualities and choice; this is obviouslybeyond their functional and material existence. These findings areof interest to the wearable health technology community as theydiscover possible factors to take into consideration when designing such for the older age group and traditionally designed withina biomedical model.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCumulus Working Papers, Publication Series G
Volume33
Pages (from-to)190-197
Number of pages8
ISSN1456-307X
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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