The inspiration starts to find other more friendly materials to instruct and learn the braille system than paper and metal plaques, using and studying the braille system of six points or cells.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Industrial weave thought as a transalator for blinded people or visually impaired.This fabric can be read by people with good sight and it is intended for them to help blinded people or people that are starting to have vision problems to make a progress while learning at the same time. It is developed on greys because it applies the principle of no light perception. it contains alphabet, numbers, punction marks and more.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The people with difficulty of sight learn the alphabet by touching the six points of the braille reading from left to right. The helper reads the letters and touches too the braille. The idea accomplished is that people with low resources that cannot acces to special attention in order to learn can have a piece of fabric on their own placea. Fabrics are more frienfly to touch than paper or metal.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project started in November, 2010 and finished in april, 2011. It has been exhibited in Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Central de Diseño, Matadero-Madrid, Zaragoza, Perú and Ecuador.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Polyester dyed in black and grey yarns woven in electronic jacquard looms. Sandwich special weave technique, satines and tafeta weaves.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width of 1.40 meters. Rapport repeat: 35 cm width x 27 cm height
Jacquard, braille, fabric, blind sight, textile, grey, educational, textile, socially friendly, identity
I made for months a research on weave techniques and yarns interaction in order to get the aproppiate volume in order to work for real not just for a prototype.I presented to a special organization for blinded people and they said it really work and people could read the points or cells in grey. Also it was easy for the interpreter to get close to braille language. It can be calisified as a non-commercial textile but it can be used on campaigns even woven with colors to support entities or organizations.
The first test to do a textile was using just some techniques of yarns with different thickness. The result was weak so the project stopped untill I found a technique of weaves that uses three yarns on three layers. The most important layer is the last one, because it uses a very thick yarns which pushes the middle yarn. The principal yarn uses very opened weaves so it allows to make the volume visible and touchable. All the horizontal yarns had to be tors threads because without them the fabric could have hook problems with machines.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Cristina Orozco Cuevas
Cristina Orozco Cuevas, 2013.