About the course
Throughout the course, students learn the many options of incorporating soft materials in products and experience how to develop products that combine textiles and soft materials, understanding basic textile concepts and tools, types of fabrics, processing techniques, and much more.
The central exercises address concepts of empathy and compassion, with student works presenting a 3-D interpretation that combines material, shape, color, and texture to create a unique user experience and means of communication with each of the objects.
Omar Oster, Tal Arbel, Avigail Ben Hamo, and Daniel Daudi
Humor is the element of common ground for our group members and it was important to us to make our viewers smile. We chose sabich as a popular dish from among Israel's many ethnic groups and origins, a pita pocket that contains eggplant, egg, and pickles, absorbing each individual flavor. In a cultural focus on sabich and its inclusion a podcast, we used different textures to increase pleasure in the user experience.
Roni Fadida, Oshri Sabag, and Adel Tom Ben Hamo
We chose to try and evoke empathy using dolls that represent the "neighborhood". Usually, "hood people" are people that are stigmatized as threatening, scary, etc.
We wanted to create a line that talks about the "hood" and named our dolls after famous and successful rap artists that started their life in hoods and are currently leading the industry and conveying important messages through their art.
We used original Levi jeans that were about to be thrown away and bandanas with different knots associated with gang members and hood residents, making them affordable on any budget. The dolls have their own accessories and all are versatile in that they are attached using snaps that can be opened/closed and used in any way you can imagine. The name we selected has three O letters, symbolizing the recurrence of this letter in our names, giving us all our individual mark and our connection as a group.
How to pet a porcupine
Unlike other animals, porcupines are known for their prickly bristles that do not encourage the urge to stroke and touch. But who ever said they need warmth and love? I created a series of soft and cuddly porcupine dolls that are fun to caress and remind us all that everyone needs a hug sometimes, even those that do not ask.
Ofir Saportas, Eliassaf Friedman, Tal Atiya, and Shir Tsukrun
Tactile game for children's room at home or for clinic therapy rooms. Play pieces with 3-D printed fabric lining inspired by the shapes and color in nature. Shaped like pebbles with specially designed indentations that allow for piling them in various ways. Rujumix provides the clam of nature in your own office.
Avi Epstein, Shaul Gan Sinkler, and Dekel Izacson
We decided to raise issues that exist behind the scenes of the textile industry following compulsive Western consumerism and its impact on hundreds of thousands of workers employed in harsh conditions in this industry. The hand was created from jeans as this is a commonly used fabric among every population, and we chose to enlarge it so that it received the attention it cries out for. During its preparation, we understood our hand felt empathetic, because just as it demonstrates the struggles of the textile industry workers, it is equally comforting and gentle.
A doll that enables people to view it and provokes thoughts, feelings, and imagination. Interactions are established when connecting the two dolls as this emphasizes listening, eye contact, caring, sharing, and contact in an ongoing loop.
I created a series of dolls that are hybrids of Barbapapa and Barbamama. Barbapapa was a character that underwent exclusion due to his strange shape and felt complete when he met Barbamama. Having experienced this exclusion, his heart is fragile and he is sensitive, sometimes even leaving his body. I opted for creating the series in a variety of colors and shapes because despite our many differences, we are all very similar. My figures are based on the same shape but end up looking different. Each has its individual beauty and personality and that is makes them unique.
Hala Warwar and Ellal Lujain
Research conducted on premature babies that need their mothers demonstrated how much these infants were helped by giving them knitted octopuses that reminded them of their mother's umbilical cord. This is why we selected the octopus as a figure to represent the ever-giving mother, its eight arms representing endless giving.
Meital Silver, Amir Yahav, Noam Golany, Yishay Sklare
Doll designed for adults that emotions and sensations can be projected on them: Butter invites hugs and can be lightly held or squeezed tightly, and Frank can receive your current subconscious feelings using sharp or soft arm attachment that connect to his body using inserted magnets, while Buddy is designed to be adapted so that change its nose using magnets and the doll projects a wide range of emotions.
noam_idesign , yishaysklare , amiry_i.des , maitalsilver.design
Maya Halevi, Shir Goldshtein, Eylon Tamam, and Ariel Yaakovi
Series of figurines designed to show that different is also unique and beautiful. Why does the ugly duckling become a beautiful swan in the end? Every duckling is already a lovely swan.
Nadav Kuperman, Gal Peled, Adi Stern, Shany Sialom, Renana Klein
The soul bird is a metaphor for the human spirit and its vast range of emotions. We chose this as a symbol for empathy, a way to see the soul's reflection and identify with others. There is even empathy in the bird's motion as they fly together in a flock and follow s single leader that others array around. We simplified this structure into basic forms and colors so that various emotions, positive or negative, can thrown on them and they remain neutral.
Bobo is an empathic doll that is asymmetrically shaped with sad eyes, a confused gaze, and unstable body form that evokes the urge to hug and help it. Hugging is an act of giving strength and supporting another, and embracing this doll benefits it. This sad doll was inspired by Abraham Lincoln —"To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own".
May Pleskov, Ziv Bar Lev, Keren Greenberg, and Noa Cohen
The doll we created represents the empathy felt towards the single figure in a crowd, for the many individuals that comprise the complete sum that is necessary for the doll's existence. Externally, everything seems whole and complete, but missing even one element means everything falls apart. The doll we created expresses the importance of relying on others and the significance of closeness within communities, societies, and families.