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HUG Final Project

The text hug when written holds no warmth and meaning, it is just cold black lines. I brought this word to life in pillow form. These pillows are large, soft, and squishy. The natural shape of the letters lends itself to embracing a human in the counter space.

 

However, at the same time, the word hug can be reordered to UGH, GUH, or HGU,  which are far from warm and fuzzy.

These pillows provide much warmth and comfort and truly feel like getting a hug!  I used soft flannel and fleece fabric and stuffed it will cotton filling to make very soft pillows. Each pillow is three pieces, two-letter cutouts and one long strip that goes around the letter to give it height. Overall I really like how they look, the only downside is that they do not hold their shape super well. If I ever made them again I would put a soft wire into the G and U to help the legs to hold shape.  I sewed on ribbons so that the letters could be tied together, but they are not very sturdy, I think that I could leave them out or have more to keep them better together. Perhaps Even use a zipper, snaps or velcro.

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Final Project Description

The text hug when written holds no warmth and meaning, it is just cold black lines. I want to bring this word to life in pillow form. These pillows will be big enough to feel like you are getting a hug from them. They will be soft and squishy. With warm hues of fabrics. I think that the shapes lend to the feeling of a hug as well, with the counter spaces big and able to wrap around and fit a person inside of them. I want the meaningless text to give you a really warm and hug like feeling. However, at the same time, the word hug can be reordered to ugh,  which is far from warm and fuzzy. This adds an ironic and contrasting side of the project. The whole context of the material and execution and mean can change really quickly to a negative word is a soft welcoming environment.

To accomplish this I am going create a pattern from an already existing typeface that I feel is soft and huggable, but I would like to do a sans serif font. I will also go to Joann’s and pick out a soft fabric that gives the impression of warm hugs and buy lots of stuffing. The font I chose is called Museo, I chose this font because I liked the soft serifs and that it had no contrast. I also think that it looks couch-like which gives the impression of a hug well.

For the fabrication I am going to print out a pattern, I may have to create one myself and copy the font as best I can, I am not sure if I can print the letters large enough.  I could also create tape outlines by hand on the fabric. After I have a pattern, I will cut out two of each piece and one long strip to join the two sides together. I will sew them right sides together and leave an opening for stuffing. After stuffing them I will hand sew the hole closed with an invisible seam. I think I will keep all the letters separate so you can rearrange them if you want.

Here is my pattern:

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