heather’s sound scarf Daniela Villágran

Moving to a new home is a major transition in life. For people with severe learning difficulties, who rely heavily on others for support, such a transition can be particularly stressful. This project explores how the integration of audio memories and wearable handmade objects and can help someone adapt to their new environment. This research focuses on the case study of a 35 years old woman with special needs called Heather (pseudonym), who is moving to a specialized community as a result of the increasing age of her parents. Heather’s sound scarf has been developed through the reflective exploration of different materials and prototypes with Heather and the recording of significant sounds that form part of her daily life. The outcome is a woollen handmade crochet scarf that contains meaningful sound memories, that will remind Heather of people and places that confirmed her identity and made her feel safe and secure thereby easing the transition to her new home.



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