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Why not the rough ? abrasive

Abrasive sand paper is interesting because of the simplicity of the process and variety of grains. It delivers different sensations. Its sanding connotation, isn't so inviting to touch. We think about friction and abrasive scratches, which are not reassuring. These result will happen if we contact it with a rapid movement. However, if we explore it by groping it gently, we feel a really thin and pretty soft granularity.​I wanted to browse this ambivalence by transferring this rough process to a new field of application.I imagine that the abrasive rough, because of its sanding connotation and vivid sensation, can become a protection, a way to avoid people from coming to close. It can be useful to keep your vital space on a busy place, like on the tube.This is how this cape was born. Reassuring and pleasant for the user who know and wear it, really scratchy for the one who contact it by accident.
But the experience of wearing the object disclose everything else. The abrasive powder, transferred from the manufacture field to a garment, loses all its past connotations. Is shinning aspect and delicate composition of many small little grains attract the eyes, and the touch. Finally, the cape becomes the contrary of what I initially expect, a majority of people who see it are intrigued and want to touch it. This enables a new tactile experience of this existing roughness. This shows how changing some component of a texture, like adding softness by applying it on a textile base, or introducing it to a new field like clothing, deletes some memories linked to apprehension and can change the haptic experience of this rough texture.


Megane Souchet

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  • texture
  • touch
  • abrasive
  • rough
  • design

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