The Art of Experience at Handful of Salt

Waves of Experience.

There's something to be said for the breadth and depth of touch. How can this sense delight and inspire us? When does it frustrate or infuriate?

Putting on a luxurious sweater, cupping a hot mug of tea, tinkering with broken wires, cleaning the counter tops. Tactilely muscling our way through the day, we take ease - or effort - for granted. Behind that experience is a designer. 

Amanda Salm uses horsehair, an unexpected medium, to create her series of kinetic, moving sculptures. She's the first to mold and shape this unfamiliar medium into something real and moving. She relies on patience, practice, trial and error. 

Jonathan Ive, Apple's head designer, notes the disconnect between designers and the art of making. "So many of the designers that we interview don't know how to make stuff, because workshops in design schools are expensive and computers are cheaper," he said. "That's just tragic, that you can spend four years of your life studying the design of three dimensional objects and not make one."   

As consumers of objects, we need to be mindful of the time and experience it takes to create something that moves us. This week, let's appreciate the luxuriousness of great design. 

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