In this unit, I looked into grown-up’s well-being and explored ‘comfort’ function through sensory textiles. My initial idea was about ‘toys’. I asked over 40 participants to describe and explain their ideal toys. One of the most striking results was many of them value toys as spiritual sustenance. I looked into surrealism and expressional soft sculptures made by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Dorothea Tanning. This inspiration developed gradually by combining Naive arts and animals.

Idea Development

I worked on ‘weird’ and ‘fluffy’ texture, taking elements from soft toys, e.g. paws, ears and tails.

Idea Development

A mixture of modern machinery and hand techniques

Final Outcome

Furthermore, I crocheted with different materials to make accessories for toys, for instance, a toy carrier, fake collar, cross-body bags.

Final Outcome

I designed a comfort blanket combined arm-weaving, amigurumi dolls, padded ears, rag-rugging and embroidered second-hand toys.

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