Embracing Touch is a project about designer’s relation with the works and designer’s presence in them. Within our works we give away part of ourselves. We give our intimacy for using.
Design is a matter, tangible and desirable, that carries meaning in itself, in its body. It’s what you understand and experience through physicality. It’s like a garment that you can try on, see how it looks on you. The same way you project yourself through someone else.
So behind the matter stands a designer. Do we think how much intimacy, personality he or she leaves in the design? Would it change our perception meeting the author; facing the fact that a designer is a physical body, made from flesh and blood, having certain physiology, certain volume, smell, breath? Does it create intimate relation with the user? And does this intimacy attract or repel?
I chose wood for my experiments on how I can relate myself to material.
I see integrity between the working hand and the material surface. Skin is a medium for tangible sensations in processes of making and using the object. Therefore I start from a comparison between human skin and wood by treating wood surface as my own skin, giving the same qualities and emphasizing actions which we usually do with both surfaces. I blur the border between them.
Sensual, camera & editing Vytautas Gečas
Sensual body connection with a material and a shape.
Materials: maple, modeling foam, rubber.
material experiments: artificial hair and plastics
a self-portrait in a chair
Having a chair in mind as an image strongly related with human I aimed to embody myself in it. I looked for ways in which I could interact with the object, transmit something that was really me, my essence. Smell or, to be more precise, an idea of a smell seemed to be a true evidence of my presence.
As a medium to capture I used almond oil. I spread oil on my skin and after cleaning it with a tissue I applied the same oil on a sanded chair.
This performative exchange made us one. A wooden chair absorbed my tangibility. I could see myself as an object and relate my body to material environment.
Inspired by Gilbert & George. Ways of becoming two.
playing around safety and burglary themes
Mirror - Easel
materials: birch, mirror
Nida: Natural Lies
After investigating and experiencing Nida (Lithuania) we got lost between the natural and the artificial, between the authentic and the imported. And what is a positive, and what is a negative?
Seeing so many influences and uncertainties both in Nida’s cultural history and its present situation we came to the conclusion that there is no one truth: all truths are right. Trying to picture Nida’s identity we let ourselves play, merging different contexts and creating our own truth. We take different elements from different times. Combining them together we create objects picturing Nida today.
Group project: Elena Veleckaitė, Evelina Kudabaitė, Marija Puipaitė