Tangled Becomings in Materialities of Felt Practice(s)

Bilge Aktas, Julia Valle Noronha

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In this exploratory paper, we discuss how different scales of production can affect relationships between humans and nonhumans. This discussion is carried out through the exploration of three scales of felting: hand-felting with manual tools, felting with semi-industrial tools at small-scale studios, and felting with industrial automated machines. Despite the large spectrum from hand production to industrial production and the dramatic change in the actual practices involved, the fundamentals of felting remain similar, creating a compound surface by pressing and unifying fibres. By examining these changes, this paper explores the fluidity and changing meanings of practices and their impact on building new relationships among humans and nonhumans. The examination reveals that as the scale grows the distance between the maker and the material also grows, affecting the maker-material relationship significantly. By studying different relationships through the lens of scale, we further understand the becoming of human-nonhuman relationships in craft practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Nordes 2021
Subtitle of host publicationMatters of Scale
EditorsEva Brandt, Thomas Markussen, Eeva Berglund, Guy Julier, Per Linde
Place of PublicationKolding Denmark
PublisherDesign School Kolding
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventNordic Design Research Conference - Kolding, Denmark
Duration: 15 Aug 202118 Aug 2021
Conference number: 9

Publication series

NameNordic Design Research Conference
ISSN (Electronic)1604-9705


ConferenceNordic Design Research Conference
Abbreviated titleNORDES
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