This book looks at objects from a perspective derived from psychoanalytical practice as well as the practice of art/design. Jane inspired students of Industrial Design and other courses at Central Saint Martins for over 40 years . Her work has had a huge influence on the teaching of cultural studies, the understanding of dyslexia and the process of writing about design.
This book brings together a number of papers and essays written by Jane. About a third have already been published at conferences or as lectures
The chapter illustrations have been provided by students, ex-students and tutors of MA Industrial Design. Examples on this page are by Ana Mir, Emili Padros, Jack Godfrey Wood, Will Gurley, Sean Mackaoui, Lawrence Weyman-Jones and Dan Meyer.
It can be ordered directly from the publishers, Trafford. Click here to view a synopsis of The Secret Lives of Objects.
What People have Said about The Secret Lives of Objects:
The secret lives of objects are our secret lives. In this extraordinary book of linked essays Jane Graves manages with remarkable lucidity to say something for once inspiring rather than doctrinaire about the connections between psychoanalysis and art; and in the process she brings back, both the word and the things, to a new kind of life. Anyone who makes anything will make much of this book. Adam Phillips
As contemporary design becomes more poetic and allusive there is a need for a new kind of commentary. Drawing on her experiences as a psychotherapist and design educator Jane Graves explores the connections between free association and creativity, the ethics of things and the development of personality. Dr Stephen Hayward
I have been using Jane Graves’ writings in my teaching of largely studio-based students of the arts for over a decade. If the reactions of the 800 or so people to whom I have introduced Graves’ papers are anything to go by, this book will be well received by students as well as practising artists, craftspeople and designers. Linden Reilly
Jane Graves psycho-analytical teaching and essays have intrigued and influenced generations of students – she is truly part of the cultural heritage of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Dale Russell
The review linked here was written by Harriet Edwards for the Writing Pad resource (Writing Purposefully in Art and Design)
Biography: Jane Graves trained as a ballet dancer at Sadler’s Wells ballet school. Subsequently she read English at Oxford and then went on to LSE. She began work as a cultural studies lecturer in 1968 at Central Saint Martins, teaching psychoanalytical theory and sociology. For her last ten years she organised and taught a cultural studies programme for three MA’s in design. During this time she became increasingly involved in the studio and the making process. She also trained and worked as a specialist dyslexia tutor whilst undergoing eight years psychotherapy training. Since retiring in 1996 she has lived and worked as a psychoanalytical psychotherapist in the East End. Before and after leaving Central Saint Martins she published widely in design journals (many of these papers are included in some form in The Secret Lives of Objects). In 2006 she wrote ‘On Making Interest Matter in Art and Psychoanalysis’; ‘Conversations Heard and Unheard’; ‘On Seeing Through Pattern; Glass and the Lacanian Gaze.’ She is currently working on ‘Proust and the Asthmatic Gaze’, to be followed by ‘The Clown and Shroedinger’s Cat.’ She is very fond of a good time, which includes reading, writing, sewing costumes for family pantomimes, walking and camping. She has four children and four grandchildren.