What is it? The exchange scarf is merely a theoretical design exercise to transform an object from Sherry Turkle’s novel “Evocative Objects.” The goal was to turn it into something entirely different by changing the lens used to approach materiality. In this case, a bracelet was chosen as an item of memory and precious exchange and the object itself was translated using the lens of ‘precious/non-precious’ exchange through the wabi-sabi ideal of impermanence; that is that nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, and nothing is ever finished. The resulting undeveloped iteration was a wearable system of exchange that highlights meaningful connection through craft amongst a network of friends. Rather than gifting precious metals, the exchange scarf provides a way of weaving favorite, sentimental bits of well-loved fabrics into growing wearable memory.
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