‘Please touch’: Creating Tactile Artwork for the Blind and Visually Impaired

‘Please touch’ Creating Tactile Artwork for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Soochna
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A 30-year-old Heritage architect Siddhant Shah will get plenty of complaints that his indicators are misprinted. They are saying ‘Please Touch’ instead of saying ‘Please don’t touch’, he says with a loud laugh. Also Read: Pune Rickshaw driver returns bag containing cash and jewellery worth Rs 7 lakh to couple

The thought first got here to him when he returned to India after getting a master’s in heritage administration from the university in Kent in Athens, Greece, in 2014. Shah says, “one of the modules where had been a tactile and inclusive design to make heritage accessible to all. That interested me a lot because my mother was an art educator who also lost her eyesight.”

Shah has put in tactile works at museums and art galleries throughout the nation that allows the visually challenged to touch a reproduction of the artwork and tell what it appears to look like. Also Read: Manipur woman spins yarn from lotus shafts, unique venture, get praised by netizens

In 2016, Shah started to work as an entry guide with the city palace museum in Jaipur creating reproduction of Artcraft so the visually challenged may expertise the displays. Shah says, “Luckily, the National Museum was trying to add tactile experience in Delhi around the same time.”

In 2015, Shah based his access for all enterprise, a consultancy that helps make museums and art hubs inclusive and experiential areas. Also Read: Parents did not see the face of the school but the son became commissioner in the district

Shah now works carefully with the ministry of culture. So far, available for all have created Braille guides in addition to art replicas, artefact replicas, even, and even replicas, and even replicas of most lately, Shah has worked with the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa, India Art Fair in Delhi, Indian School of Design and Innovation, Mumbai, and Kolkata Centre for Creativity

He additionally launched a Braille ebook of people tales, which includes Braille art at the Jaipur literature festival.

Vivek Menezes, curator of the Serendipity competition says, “There are several measures taken by the exhibitions to make art inclusive”. Vivek said that collaborating with Shah, we have recreated art and have audio aids. And the tactile elements are for everyone. The objective is to destroy all barriers and makes art available for all.”


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