We grab other’s hands for reasons – The sense of Connection, the bond. Our design concept is inspired from the demonstration of Hong Kong pro-democracy. In a crisis, citizens are united to fight for universal suffrage and against the decision from Beijing. We really appreciate the united spirit of protesters that has inspired us to make an artwork. This is also seen as Individuals are living more alienated to each other these days with all the technologies, we would like to emphasise the concept of connection, transforming pieces that were normally used individually connected by effecting each other by human touches.
We explored several design sketches to present our concept.
At the beginning, we designed a huge clothes combined by many small individuals. Each of small individuals has blinking LEDs on their yellow clothes.
We also had designed another kind of “connection” styled wearables. The wears can hang to each other to complete the whole circuit to light up those famous skyscrapers of Hong Kong.
Finally, We made a decision: Making a pair of “connective” scarf with LED animation. When the wearer use the glove (scarf) to grab another’s hand, the touch sensor attached on the glove can detect the grabbing and light up the LEDs. We want to use the semi-translucent plastic to make those patterns for penetrating the light source of LEDs. However, the color of yellow semi-translucent color does not have a really good appearance because of the strong contrast with another color matching. Thus, we changed the main color of our project to blue, more fresh and comfortable look.
In our design, we applied the technology of laser cutting to make some plastic pattern for the scarves. The patterns are some semi-transparent plastic bought from Shum Sui Po cloth market. We also bought touch senor and extra 12 NeoPixels from Adafruit.
Through the project, I could understand design as a process of expression of one's participation in democracy and public opinion.