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Tactile Color
Created By: Elizabeth Symington
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Elizabeth Symington

Tactile Color, 2008

53″ x 27″ x 20″

knit yarn and clothes line, fabric, polymer clay, pearls

Photos by Luke Goodman

My home school days are done, but the learning continues. Fall of 2008 my mom taught me how to knit. Around that same time I taught myself to read and write Braille. The inventor, a 14-year-old French boy named Louis Braille, experimented with sharp objects like knitting needles to write the dots.

A kid's book in Braille influenced this installation called "Tactile Color." At the beginning of the kid's book there is a legend there each color is assigned to a different texture: smooth plastic represents white and black is very bumpy. These textures are used in the raised pictures to describe the colors.

For "Tactile Color" I wanted to make a sculptural representation of this texture legend and at the same time introduce the impressive nature of the finger sensitivity of the blind.

Running with Louis Braille's resourcefulness, I knit clothes line using needles from 3/4" wooden dowels. I also made knit slipcovers for the table legs and the entire chair, using super soft Lionbrand yarns. The Braille is made up of a perfectly round miniature pearls baked into polymer clay, topped with the knit samples of yarn used throughout the table and chair.

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