Objects
spacial things++
  1. Cavity Shelf
  2. Tac-Tiles
  3. Touch Tools
  4. Ovum Urn
  5. Kerf Chair
  6. Pulp
  7. Looper
  8. HANDSOAP.

Jewelry
body things++
  1. Hug Ring
  2. Middle School
  3. Blithe
  4. Drizz
  5. Tight Rope
  6. Oyster
  7. Caught Up

Research
other things++
  1. 99 teapots
  2. Love Letters
  3. Sculpt
  4. Synesthetic Touch
  5. Brain Dump


Peaches Harrison-
info++
  1.  My work aims to intersect the disciplines of art and design through use of exaggerated whimsy, playfulness, and concept, often experimenting in using traditional materials in abnormal ways or abnormal materials in traditional ways. Many forms I create stem from experiments in how I can alter a material’s properties to no longer act in its anticipated way. Can steel be flimsy instead of rigid? Can paper be solid enough to hold liquid? Questions like these inform iterative studies and deep examinations that later I apply to a variety of typologies ranging from the jewelry scale, table top scale, and furniture scale.

Mark

3. Touch Tools


Touch Tools is a set of touch therapy tools to break down the proxemics barrier and social touch stigma between nurses/ caregivers and their elderly patients. To aid in physical intimacy and satisfy the fundamental human need for touch.

The tools merge theraputic human touch and added tactile stimulation in an effort to bridge the personal vs itimate touch boundries. The tools aim to emphasize familiar touch types- a brushing touch, deep touch, and pinpointed touch. 

 



The Brush Up Against
Makes the accidental brush against an intentional action. For use on arms, face, palms, and the backs of hands.




The Deep Rub
Pairs deep touch pressure and theraputic massaging touch in a mutual pressure tool. For use on the back, shoulders, forearms,  and hands.



The Finger Scratch
Enhances the full body sensation of having a loved one brush the hair away from your face behind your ear. For use on head, neck, back, and arms. 




“A number of studies suggest that the appropriate use of touch by nurses has the potential to significantly improve the health status of older adults. In particular, touch can be useful with cognitively impaired, institutionalized, or hospitalized older adults.” 


E. Bush, “The Use of Human Touch to Improve the Well-Being of Older Adults: A Holistic Nursing Intervention.” Journal of Holistic Nursing 19, no. 3 (September 2001): 256–70




54 hands / 2018
Form Studies in Imagined Tactility and Emphasized Physicallity





R. Shearer, R. Davidhizar. “Loneliness and the spouse of the geriatric patient, Seven guidelines may keep a spouse’s loneliness from becoming overwhelming.” Journal of Geriatric Nursing, Volume 14, Issue 6, Pages 307–310

“When factors that may lead to loneliness are present, the nurse can intervene to prevent loneliness. When symptoms of loneliness are present in the spouse or patient, the nurse may act to alleviate disabling feelings of isolation.”



           

Touch Tracking: 



A systematic approach to understanding touch as a phenomena and a way of creating awareness and physical presence in one’s body. Although human touch contact is so prevalent, the intimacy of it is often ignored and the effects it has on our psyche are overlooked. By tracking every physical touch I experienced over 24 hour periods of time, I could better understand my needs, preferences, and discomforts.
 





Scan 01 _ 11.01.18
24 hours of recorded touches

Scan 02_ 11.05.18
24 hours of recorded touches





Key research discoveries:

 
Touches need to be intentional to be emotionally and physiologically satisfying.
The location of postitive touch on the body seldom matters with loved ones. Intangible, imagined, and memory based touches are just as moving as physical ones. Spontanious expressive touch feels caring, and consistantly evokes positive feelings.




 9 tactile developmental concepts


Iterative modeling
Informational use cards




The Brush Up Against
The Deep Rub
The Finger Scratch

Mark