ID 40 2006: Love is Blind by Jessica Lertvilai of Vest Collective

Love is Blind by Jessica Lertvilai
Over the next week or two, I will include some of my favorite designers from ID Magazine’s “ID 40” list of top designers of 2006. It’s a pretty amazing list, so I urge you to pick up a copy of this magazine.

The Vest Collective is a Canadian group of designers with a bit of a postmodern streak (in the architectural sense). They make reference to past traditions with an eye towards future manufacturing techniques. And although their work is very PoMo, this vase by Jessica Lertvilai is really not about that. It is a high-concept piece where miss Lertvilai has taken the love letters of her Vest Collective colleagues and transposed them in braille to the surface of a ceramic vase. The deep concept here, for me at least, is the visual narrative is as powerful as the narrative a blind person would get from physically reading the vase, but the two narratives are completely different. In this piece, the blind is really allowed to see while the sighted are somewhat left in the dark.

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