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A community hub for the sharing of textiles and stories
Based on conversations around disposability, trash, aesthetic value and care, BAÚ was an exploration into our cultures of excess by proposing a different form of relationship to the objects around us. Through practices of repair, alterations, and care, I explored the ability of re-adding value into previously forgotten objects.
Another question that permeated my work was: how can I expand these conversations to a broader audience; so as a community we can start shifting the way we relate and the currency we have around objects and possessions?
I transformed a discarded trunk which I found on the alleyway behind my house. To hold on to its previous life story, I kept the trunk to its original intended purpose (to my eyes) of a treasure chest.
BAÚ is composed of 4 main elements:
LID: while de-assembling the chest, I kept the blue plastic and patterned paper that weren't moldy to re-introduce them back into the "new" object. As mentioned above, the object's past history shouldn't be completely erased. Arranged into a heart pattern, the reincorporated material converses well with community and care. I placed an acrylic screen on top of the mosaic to add to its importance and value.
OUTER FABRIC: a blue corduroy of the same shade as the original chest. The corduroy's texture and colour invite people in while still holding on to its high value, of something that should be cared for.
INNER FABRIC: fabric pieces of a wedding kimono which belonged to my partner's mom, and was gifted to me by my partner. Upholstering it to the inside added an element of discovery and amazement to whoever opened the chest. The immense value and history of this special gift inspired me on the development and framing of BAÚ's purpose.
METAL TRIMS: de-rusted and straightened from the original chest.
To make concrete and share my research, reflections, and embodiment of practice, I decided that the treasure chest would become of community ownership, to hold and share stories between the ones that interact with it. – BAÚ was designed to become an exchange hub for textiles and the stories that each of them hold and carry forward.
Community members are invited to drop off the fabrics they no longer want, and take with them the ones they wish to have. They are also encouraged to write a little description about the piece of fabric they are dropping off – from a note simply stating what kind of fabric it is, to a note sharing a story and/or personal connection to the fabric.
Project date: September - October 2021
For: Rethreading the Circular Economy; Industrial Design Core Studio class - Emily Carr University of Art + Design
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