Un/seen is a project of a conceptual tablecloth for blind children to learn ethiquete.
Traditional tablecloths are often embroidered, so when confronted with a task to design one we thought about relief quality of embroidery, and then decided to put that quality into use. We use needle work to write on a tablecloth with braille where everything has its place.
We confronted our ideas with blind from polish society of blind, as well as we traveled to Owińska to school for blind children. Kids helped us to better our design, with proper placement of signatures so they could be easily read while seated, and design special pockets, so cutlery and plates would not move while learning.
We where also pleasantly surprised that they thought it could be useful experience, and one of our final prototypes is currently used at Owińska.
People often do not realize how much we learn through not by conscious act but by observation, and when that is not possible how much knowledge is unattainable.
The final version of our project was also meant for those who can see, so they could marvel at the graphic beauty of braille. As well people in majority are not aware where should fish knife lay at the table, with everything hidden in pockets, they were also confronted with idea of blindness.
For interview in polish with me about that project click
Team: Magda Mojsiejuk, Magda Stroszejn, Michalina Bloch