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a soft felt logic

Lovink McKinnell, Sal (2024) a soft felt logic. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Lovink McKinnell, Sal

A soft felt logic is a textile exploration situated in the ‘soft felt’ experience, one which questions, prioritises, and plays with the sense of touch. I posit that this soft felt logic methodology can make sense of how touch - through tactile/textile experiences - is grounded in embodied action. I focus on the areas of “Touch, Colour, and Space” to explore the subject matter. The accompanying show hands holding, holding held at Ignite Gallery, Toronto displays a series of wall and floor-based hand-woven forms that present an invitation to feel. Through the development of these forms, I ask how the use of material creates visual and physical textures that stimulate a yearning to touch both for the perceiver and myself as the maker. To this end, what is this yearning? Through close material study, I look at factors like scale, pattern, placement, fibre, and colour to understand the impact of my designs and their relationship to a soft felt logic. Through the development of these forms, I investigate how colours, tones, and hues create dialogue and interactions that incentivise the perceiver to touch. Will distortion through colour selection impact the ability for a multi- or merged-sensorial experience of perception? I investigate the world around me, what spaces do craft objects occupy? Can building a soft felt logic create space for new methods of textile interaction to emerge? In touching these works, can a greater understanding and appreciation for the tactile/textile body emerge? I identify as a maker/craft practitioner, and this influences the methods I use within my making and research; it’s situated on the loom and betwixt my hands.

Date: 6 May 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: Touch, Colour, Space, Textiles, Craft, Hierarchy of The Senses, Logic
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 06 May 2024 14:07
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 14:07
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4405

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