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Tactile Shadows

Collet, Carole (2005) Tactile Shadows. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Collet, Carole

“Tactile shadows” originated as part of my on-going research into innovative textiles and products for the domestic sphere. The focus of this particular work was to interrogate the emotional values of materials through the exploration of tactility. It was commissioned by the V&A and was designed to showcase leading designers working with “touch” as part of their design strategies.

By exploiting binary opposites in relation to touch this research allowed for a new vocabulary to evolve, one that combines both a visual and a tactile language. Experimentation with low-tech and high-tech materials and finishing print techniques led to the final exhibited hanging. Exhibitors were actively encouraged to touch and interact with the piece and to explore the contrast between what “looks” soft and what “feels” soft.

As in my other work, this textile piece aimed at subverting stereotypical domestic textiles associations, in this case the traditional theme of “floral design” was subverted by the concept of shadows as well as by the use of atypical materials and print processes. By rendering material the immaterial (shadows) the hanging challenged the traditional notion of floral representation in furnishings.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 29 August 2005
Related Publications: “Smell, Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste: a Sense Liberated” by Fiona Ratray in the V&A Magazine, Summer 2005
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K.16 June 200529 August 2005
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 09:20
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 11:08
Item ID: 1079
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1079

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