Learning From Detroit

In 2018 I spent a month in Detroit, MI doing design research with Feedom Freedoms, a community garden in Jefferson–Chalmers. My research topic centered around the Semiotics of Walls: Visible and Invisible with a focus on how they shape community borders.

Chain Linked Fence Tapestry: The project manifested into a Dialectical Tool that would aid a conversation between two or more people. Provided with a wire base and different colored yarn, the participants weave together a tapestry based off of questions around community and what it means to be a neighbor. They are free to take their time and explain their thoughts and actions whenever they’d like.

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First Demo

Using the conversational object with Founder of Feedom Freedoms Myrtle Curtis. Her process was first to start weaving and then to elaborate on its meaning as she continued to weave. In the diagrams below, the text shows the symbolisms and meaning for each color and shape.

 

Other Demos

 

Dialectical Tool Kit