Activists Repurpose Giant Wool Installation Into Blankets For Refugees

This artist’s project was transformed into 38 blankets for individuals who have been affected by the Syrian conflict.

Credit: Rayah Kassisieh

Brooklyn-based artist Rayah Kassisieh is being celebrated for her ENTRELAC installation which debuted at the 2016 Amman Design Week, as well as what she did with the mass amount of un-dyed, hand-knitted wool strands afterward.

As the photos reveal, the project was made up of 350 kilograms of wool strands that gracefully hung from the ceiling. It represented the relationship between digital design and traditional craft. According to Inhabitat, the 28 large knit strands were created using computational modeling to determine the design and were hand-stitched together by a team of talented seamstresses from Jordan.

After the installation had served its purpose and the Design Week came to an end, Kassisieh repurposed the gargantuan amount of wool into blankets for Syrian refugees and Jordanian families. To do so, she partnered with NADAAA, an architecture and urban design firm based in Boston, and the Design Week team. The same women who helped create the strands took on the responsibility of transforming them into 38 blankets for people who have been affected by conflict in Syria.

Thanks to the activist’s ingenuity and the help she received, dozens of families were able to benefit from the intriguing art project.

The intriguing project below debuted at the 2016 Design Week.

Credit: Rayah Kassisieh

Created by Boston artist Rayah Kassisieh, it represents the relationship between digital design and traditional craft.

Credit: Rayah Kassisieh

Once the event came to an end, it was repurposed into blankets…

Credit: Rayah Kassisieh

…by those who helped hand-stitch them!

Credit: Rayah Kassisieh

38 blankets were created from the 350 grams of wool.

Credit: Rayah Kassisieh

And they’ve since been handed out to people affected by the Syrian conflict.

Credit: Rayah Kassisieh

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