Love is Blind by Jessica Lertvilai of Vest Collective

 - Feb 20, 2007
References: vestcollective & designcrack
The Vest Collective is a Canadian group of designers with a bit of a postmodern streak (in the architectural sense). They make reference to past traditions with an eye towards future manufacturing techniques. And although their work is very PoMo, this vase by Jessica Lertvilai is really not about that. It is a high-concept piece where miss Lertvilai has taken the love letters of her Vest Collective colleagues and transposed them in braille to the surface of a ceramic vase. The deep concept here, for me at least, is the visual narrative is as powerful as the narrative a blind person would get from physically reading the vase, but the two narratives are completely different. In this piece, the blind is really allowed to see while the sighted are somewhat left in the dark.