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Hack-Ability Using Co-Design to Develop an Accessible Toolkit for Adding Pockets to Garments

Lee Jones, Meghrik Isagholi, Elizabeth Meiklejohn, Snow Xu, Kara Truskolawski, Jessica Hayon, Grace Jun, Pinar Guvenc

Fashion brands have started to include adaptive lines for individuals with dressing challenges, but they are often expensive, and are not always suited to an individual’s personal style or functional needs. To help with this we have co-designed a toolkit with collaborators with mobility disabilities so that they can alter their own garments or off-the-rack garments with accessible tools. In this paper we describe the co-design process for a stitch-less pocket adaptation and the tools and stencils that were developed with 9 collaborators as part of the Open Style Lab program. We discuss how our collaborators designed their garment adaptations to reflect their own style, all while using the same set of accessible stencils and tools.

 
 

Cultural Landscape Memory Artifacts Visibilization, A Codesign Strategy

Felix Augusto Cardona Olaya 

We present the initial part of the PD experience carried out in the territory of the Colombian coffee cultural landscape, with civilly organized senior citizens to claim their rights as victims of the Colombian armed conflict, with the objective to design with them, strategies of appropriation of the world declaration of its land- scape as a cultural heritage of humanity through memory artifacts visibilization.

 
 

The Participation of Cartonera Publishers in Brazil: the Micro Case Study of the Collective Dulcinéia Catadora

Carolina Noury

The cartonera publishing movement has become stronger and multiplied in several countries. The Spanish word cárton gave rise to the name of the publishers that work with cardboard in the production of book covers. In Brazil, the collective Dulcinéia Catadora was created in 2007, in the city of São Paulo, and is composed of collectors from various cooperatives, as well as professionals from other areas. The books published by these publishers include not only well-known writers but also those on the fringes of this market. By having their voices published and their art shown on book covers, and participating in all stages of production, from garbage collection to garbage transformed into a more valuable object, waste pickers boost their self-esteem and are also valued. By eliminating the hierarchy of the production process, publishers can subvert the neoliberal capitalist logic of production and create a micro-utopia by showing that another system is possible. The autonomy occurs through the creation of conditions that allow for the change of social and cultural norms in the life of those involved in book production. The handmade, non-copyrighted cardboard book is cheaper and can potentially reach more readers, a process of democratization of this artifact that is still considered elitist. In this sense, design has the power to be a social transformation agent of this micro-universe.

 
 

How Can Digital Textiles Embody Testimonies of Reconciliation?

Laura Cortés-Rico, Jaime Patarroyo, Tania Pérez-Bustos, Eliana Sánchez-Aldana

Despite the importance of reconciliation in Colombia as a process that citizens practice actively in their everyday lives, most research has deployed a top-down approach to this concept. In this paper, we question these trends and show how design can play a careful role in destabilizing this approach, allowing the emergence of several embodied and uncertain temporalities as well as situated meanings related to reconciliation. To accomplish this, we focus on an interdisciplinary research project that promotes co-creation spaces with four communities that use textile crafting as ways to narrate conflict and its aftermath, to re-think how they feel reconciliation in their daily life. Nurtured by theories of speculative thinking and ethnographies of the future, this research created a living lab that gathered university students and experts from the social sciences and textile and digital crafts, to think-with digital textile materialities about the feelings of reconciliation.

 
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