The issue I wish to explore during my MA in Textile Design is the loss of craftsmanship and age-old techniques within the design industry. I want to design and create a collection of jewellery or ‘Body objects’ that is somewhere between costume jewellery and fashion, design and craftsmanship. The strategies I relate to the most and believe I can use in my practice from TED’s Ten are: ‘Design that looks at Models from Nature & History,’ ‘Design to Replace the Need to Consume,’ and ‘Design to Minimise Waste.’ There is a symbolic and emotional impact that is imparted through making which is what makes handcrafted pieces so unique. For my thesis I have chosen to research the Mayans who were skilled in many areas of the arts including metalwork, embroidery, weaving, etc. We can learn so much from different cultures and I believe it is essential that these cultural histories survive. When emotional attachment, pleasure and fashion is linked with awareness and responsibility, a relationship can then be established between object and user.