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Giving new life to a discarded object

September/October 2021


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.  

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 what I see as its original intended purpose: a treasure chest. 

The heart pattern on the top was made using the trunks' original materials.
The fabric upholstered to the inside was gifted to me by my partner; it was his mom's kimono wedding dress.

treasure box - before copy.jpg

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 to our objects and possessions?

BAÚ evolved to be an object of community ownership; to hold and share stories between the ones that interact with it. Community members are invited to drop off textile pieces 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.

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