As a consequence of living in a contemporary hyper-capitalist globalised world our entire existence is ever increasingly defined by economic constraints. This stressful environment tends to exacerbate people’s negative feelings about their own “imperfection” in relationship to the externally imposed ideals of this environment. Unstable emotional conditions have increasingly become a common symptom of this modern or postmodern environment in which we live.

When people feel helpless due to all kinds of anxiety, they often comfort themselves with a variety of different things from personal beliefs, to religion or psychotherapy, alcohol consumption, drugs use, or various forms of self-harm or suicide. In order to break this vicious cycle of depression, in various schools of psychological theory, these negative feelings need to sublimated, or changed into positive ones that can boost self-esteem. However, such changes are not simple to achieve.

To help them recover, I have identified superstitious beliefs as a possible temporary “space” of action in order to provoke positive feelings. Whilst the lucky charm has been the gambler’s companion for eons I believe that it could also be therapeutically beneficial for a depressed person when given to them as a gift. My design outcomes also seek to highlight the implicit empathy in the act of giving between the giver and the receiver. Since there are a variety of different designs to choose from in my range of objects, they can also be specifically chosen in order to represent the level of empathetic relationship between the two parties involved in the exchange.

Fluke is a set of gifts offers the receiver a twist of fate, a piece of luck, an uplifting positive thought, or a boost of self-esteem.


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Fluke object
process of making: Fluke object

Fluke object
process of making: Fluke object