This newly created capsule collection is called Mixité. It is a celebration of diversity that comprises reversable, unisex coats. Even though they are cut from the same pattern, each coat is a unique representation of differing tailors and fabrics. One side of the coat is created from African wax fabric and the other is Italian Paoletti wool. The Lanificio Paoletti mill was founded in 1795 and has been manufacturing Belluno Prealps wool for ten generations. Their wool has no artificial bleaching or coloring and because it is sourced locally, it has a zero carbon footprint.
Rifùgiati are micro-spaces, or playgrounds, for children created by designer Matteo Zorzenoni in collaboration with Talking Hands. The structures are made up of recycled materials that have been enriched by bold and colourful artwork. Such artwork was inspired by contemporary African textures, thus giving life and character to the micro-spaces.
Delivering artefacts to homes has become a Talking Hands custom. The wooden objects are transported throughout the neighborhood with the literal and symbolic action of “open arms”. These neighborhood walks enable intercultural exchange as participants are encouraged to interact with people who may not necessarily seek out the work of Talking Hands. This facilitates open dialogue, mutual understanding and connection through design appreciation.
As Talking Hands aims to increase employment and social inclusion of people seeing asylum, we believe in the importance of creating relational networks. Therefore, Side by Side was born. Side by Side is a political platform that unites people with diverse histories and identities to create awareness and change public perceptions for people who have experienced being a refugee. Together with Side by Side partners we are capable of opposing the growing feeling of hostility and racism that plagues society, and to fight against all forms of social, class and gender discrimination.
This embroidered blue denim rug is the collective work of Talking Hands participants and local residents of Treviso. It was carried out in the summer of 2017 in Via Dalmazia public park. This time signalled the arrival of many people seeking asylum and so to increase integration opportunities, the work was conducted within the community. We were approached by many people of the general public who enthusiastically contributed to the project. The embroidery represents a map of the world, it tells the story of a journey from one continent to the other. We purposefully chose to embroider onto a rug as it something that is universal to nearly every home and therefore relatable from a cross-section of cultures.