Uncomfortable Immersion Toolkit by Chloe Marcela Coelho

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Uncomfortable Immersion

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Toolkit

INSPIRATION:
Grief is a universal aspect of the human condition that is rarely discussed in western society, which often frames grief as a 'stage' for people to overcome with most support occurring during the funeral. However, new frameworks suggest that grief is an ongoing process. This leaves long-term grievers without support or agency, creating unnecessary suffering. Embracing my personal experience of losing my mother at thirteen has shown me that grief is not something to be rushed or prescribed.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The project explores the way that our society deals with grief; particularly in adolescents. It considers the emotional complexities within grief and the socio-cultural misconceptions. Using Human-Centred Design, a grief book was created to guide the bereaving to construct ritual objects which help the adolescent process and comprehend at their own pace, while maintaining important metaphysical relationships with the deceased. Personal autonomy was strongly encouraged in their grief journey.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Without Expectation is a practical guide for adolescents in a time of loss. It approaches the subject with sensitivity, that respects the maturity and hardship the teenager has unwittingly embarked upon. Through the use of approachable stories about grief and transformation, the user is informed of harmful fallacies that are common in western society. It promotes concepts of death literacy and ritualism in mourning, including a memorial pendant and a scarf with handwriting from the deceased.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was started in March 2018 as part of the Honours Project in Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) at RMIT University (City Campus). The project was completed in November of 2018.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Social Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The companion artefact to the grief book, 'Without Expectations', was a pendant made from the signature of a loved one which was 3D printed in PLA and cast in sterling silver. The grief scarf uses a unique black thermochromic ink that becomes transparent above 27C. This was infused into silk containing a printed letter from their lost loved one, that only appears with the ritualistic gesture of touch. The novel manufacturing process for the resultant scarf required many iterations to perfect.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
'Without Expectation' by Chloe Marcela Coelho - Width 176 mm x Depth 5 mm x Height 250 mm Signature Pendant - Width 35 mm x Depth 2 mm x Height 50 mm Grief Scarf - Width 900 mm x Depth 0.5 mm x Height 900 mm

TAGS:
Grief, Death, Ritual, Empathy, Social Impact, Adolescence, Support, Mourning, Pendant, Scarf

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Uncomfortable Immersion uses human-centred and service design ideas to provide an empathic toolset for grieving adolescents. Extended research into existing literature, interviews about loss and evaluation from psychologists and deathcare specialists provided a foundation for new concepts around grief care. The project has been heavily requested and discussed in relation to personal memorials and discourse in deathcare field. As well allowing exploration of my personal experience of loss.

CHALLENGE:
Institutionalized death has misconstrued grief in our society. Grievers are expected to avoid emotional depth and showing vulnerability, especially for teenagers. This alienates and discourages teenagers from dealing with grief in a healthy manner. During vast physical and mental changes, reworking identities and shifting parental dynamics, a loved one's death is crushing. While initial support around the funeral is crucial, support is often scarce months after a death when it's needed most.

ADDED DATE:
2019-06-29 11:57:34

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Chloe Marcela Coelho, 2019.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to Chloe Marcela Coelho, 2019

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Chloe Marcela Coelho

PROFILE:
Chloe is an Industrial Designer based in Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about employing empathy and Human Centred Design into her work, utilising the lived experiences of herself and others to create well-grounded designs. She hopes to continue designing in the field of death care in the future.

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Uncomfortable Immersion Toolkit by Chloe Marcela Coelho is a Nominee in Social Design Category.

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Uncomfortable Immersion Toolkit by Chloe Marcela Coelho is Winner in Social Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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