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Look at the World of Autistics
Time: 09:50 - 10:10
Date: 8 June 2022
Arts & Crafts Center in ‘Shimon Village’ for Autistic People (ASD), and Communication disorder I was asked to design Arts & Crafts Center for low functioning autistic adults. In this e process I faced the following challenges: The first challenge was the gray building with cold finishing materials as gray floor tiles, an office acoustic… Read more »Design in Mental Health
Arts & Crafts Center in ‘Shimon Village’ for Autistic People (ASD), and Communication disorder
I was asked to design Arts & Crafts Center for low functioning autistic adults.
In this e process I faced the following challenges:
The first challenge was the gray building with cold finishing materials as gray floor tiles, an office acoustic ceiling and a gray color palette.
The second challenge was designing for low-functioning autistic people who might throw furniture in a fit of rage.
In order to deal with the challenges I faced, I consulted and talked with the village manager and the village staff, learned and researched about the daily life schedule in the village.
I watched the activities of the villagers, the various workshops, during the day, the dynamics of the work in the various crafts and the relationship between the tenants among themselves and the staff.
The work in the village combines work with ancient crafts, alongside activities of painting, movement and music, which allow for an artistic space of expression.
While looking at the paintings, the tenants open a window to the diverse, rich and unique world.
I discovered people with a unique point of view.
The inspiration for the design of the corridors was in fact the paintings of the tenants, I wanted to empower the tenants by enlarging their paintings. The paintings were the center and from them I drew the colors for the walls and benches along the corridors. I enlarged their works to an entire wall and thus created an exhibition in the common space in which they live,
The desire and need for self-expression that exists in every person and person, regardless of his abilities, can be learned from the world-famous autistic painter Jessica Park. “Painting can be pleasant and liberating for people who want to express themselves… and the paintings may help others look at the world of autistics and understand them a little,” she said. The art of autistic people is authentic and pure, free from fashionable shackles, logic or interest. It is a visual language, which mediates between the inside and the outside and is always a free choice and personal expression in a particular moment. This is where a thought is close to birth!
I designed the work spaces in light birch wood pleasant to the touch that connects to nature and evokes feelings that industrialized materials don’t give.
- Dalia Shilony Interior Designer