A Manuscript for Tactile Feeling
The goal of this project is to develop a way to read an object along its surface and to explore what design could be without the foresight of visual sense-making.

Ask + Listen
To get a better idea of this concept, I interviewed individuals who experienced total vision loss on how they learned to live without sight.

Many still rely on visual memory, preferring to modifiy already familiar objects with tactile markers. Work-around strategies are easier than keeping up with technology that has lost all of its tangible features. 

I read essays on material and object politics, prompting a closer look at our relationships to surfaces and the rug as domestic & familiar object.

As a delineation of area and space, a rug is a planal device we could design, encode, and weave a pattern language into. We can create material messages. 

Model in development.

Using English braille as a model, monospaced cells (phonograms) can represent characters including punctuation, numerals, and abbreviations.

End Result
A rug-manuscript is ’written’ and ‘read’ by touch. With our hands as sensors, we crawl to feel, to interpret, and to understand. 

To stay silent is to blend into the room like another piece of furniture.
If I become spatially unacknowledged, perhaps I don’t speak for myself.
Crawling to (re)interpret reduces us back into an infantile state, trying to reconcile with the sudden confrontation of the painful sensibility of being (again).