Un­fold­ing sto­ries through de­signer tools

A nar­ra­tive that be­gins with tools of the trade

Northern Living - - CONTENTS - TEXT LEX CEL­ERA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY ARTU NE­PO­MU­CENO

Just as the thrill of travel lies on both the jour­ney and the des­ti­na­tion, peo­ple care about the process of mak­ing an ob­ject just as much as the ob­ject it­self. In the world of de­sign, this no­tion of la­bor trans­lat­ing to pas­sion and cre­ativ­ity sits true com­pared to other in­dus­tries. A bag is not just a bag but an idea made tan­gi­ble, and the same goes with any pair of shoes, gar­ment, or ob­ject. But the de­signer is not alone in this en­deavor. To con­jure what comes to mind with pre­ci­sion and fi­nesse, there must be as­sis­tance be­yond the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of hands. Tools, no mat­ter how me­nial the task or how small the size, are po­ten­tial col­lab­o­ra­tors rather than sim­ple knick­knacks to tinker with. If tools could speak, what would they say?

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