Multisensory Art

The final product of the GARLIC & GREENS initiative is a collection of community-generated stories highlighting food heritage. The audio book is packaged as a limited edition box set. Listeners interact with 3D objects that correspond to the documentary stories they hear. The oral history stories are enhanced through the sense of touch, taste, and smell. Food is a tangible, multisensory experience and this book is too!

Order inquiries can be sent to soulfoodstories-at-gmail-dot-com.

Research for the book began with a hands-on studio class taught by Fereshteh Toosi in her role as a research fellow at the design school Archeworks:

“The Eyes of the Skin”: tactile graphics mini-course, Fall 2011
6 sessions on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30: Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11

In this hands-on workshop, we will research and explore different methods of creating tactile graphics: images meant to be touched that are designed specifically for an audience of readers with low or no vision. We will consider the standards of universal design and the Braille industry, as well as experimenting with methods that stretch and defy those standards for aesthetic or artistic purposes. Class sessions will include feedback on weekly studio assignments and discussion about reading and research.

A sampler of the texts we will investigate for inspiration:
The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses by Juhani Pallasmaa
Tactile Graphics Guidebook by J.L. Barth
On editing graphics for the blind by Marco Schuffelen
Touch This: Graphic Design That Feels Good by Scott Witham
Tactile: High Touch Visuals by Robert Klanten
Touch Graphics: The Power of Tactile Design by Ferdinand Lewis