The starting point of this project was finding a persona that I find as a cultural hero. I chose the Frenchman Louis Braille who devised a writing system for the blind and visually impaired which was later named after him. Braille’s solution was to use 6-dot cells, and to assign a specific pattern of each letter of the alphabet. Braille characters are small rectangular blocks that contain tiny palpable bumps called raised dots.
I started my research at “the blind museum” based in Holon, Israel. I attended special exhibition named “dialogue in the dark” which is a worldwide exhibit that started in Germany, lead by blind guides that walk the visitors through designed spaces: a park, a noisy pedestrian crossing, a port, a market place, etc. this experience inspired me throughout this project.
After my visit at the museum I interviewed blind people working at this exhibition, which led me to continue my research at a library for the blind in Netanya, Israel. The library also prints braille books.
Paintings by Israeli contemporary artist Roy Nachum, which visually inspired me, often contain braille text, and thus allow the blind to experience his art in a unique way.
In order to create the outfit i used cotton for the buttoned shirt printed colorful floral brocade for the t shirt including a 3d embroidery that spells the quote “the only thing worse than being blind is having sight but now vision” by Hellen Keller. I used black scuba for the jacket, and thin wool in navy blue for the pants and with laser cut braille lettering.