“look with your hands” is a series of envelops developped for the yokohama rendez-vous project.
yokohama rendez-vous project started 2009 as an experimental approach to monozukuri, bridging artists and designers with businesses and social welfare facilities.
for the “look with your hands” envelope series so+ba has been working with “wakuwaku work” a social facility for blind people in yokohama.
the asahi newspaper publishes a weekly newspaper for the blind, all printed in braille. we have been up-cycling the old newspaper into new products.
envelopes made of one sheet of braille news-paper and 2 color print. blind people from “waku-waku work” wrote a sentence to express their feelings. the sentences express their feelings in a poetic way. this sentences, mixed with quotes from helene keller (1880-1968) a blind deaf american activist. the typography on the envelopes is designed in the same poetic stile as the texts, using the color black and sky-blue.
working together with the waku-waku-work members made us see the world in a different way.
A hand in search of love
Your hands, when touched, open up my world
Dear to you
Exciting to live like a sunflower
Looking at the world in the palm
Our way, it leads the blind and deaf
I love that which overflows in the palm of your hand
Changes being touched by your smile
Hand in search of love
Walk toward the blue sky
Both fun and deaf/blind
Walking with friends
Thinking of making a film-like image
People living together
The whole body feels invisible