Friday, February 19, 2010

haptic map quilts

When I opened my email inbox this morning, I found an email suggesting two interesting links to have a look at. One of the links was to a website site called Haptic Labs, the creative project of New York based architect Emily Fischer. Emily makes custom quilts based on maps of cities and towns and was originally inspired when her mother started losing her eyesight.

"Haptic" refers to the sense of touch that includes the entire body, inside and out; it is also the mechanism we employ to situate our bodies in space, feeling the world around us. Haptic designs counter the rapid digitization of our lives by privileging the real, physical world our bodies occupy. Like a cane that safely guides someone down the sidewalk, haptic projects serve as tools for sensation.

Using a combination of machine and hand embroidery, each quilt is made in Brooklyn, NY and takes over 200 hours each to make.


  1. Wow - I just met an artist doing something very similar! Her name is Liz Burow...check her out! She does a lot with felt and topography.