Laura Mongiovi, Associate Professor, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
DESIGN (DIS)ABILITY GLOVES
GLOVES FOR PUSHING THE WHEELCHAIR
author: Linda Ogrizek technology: sewing materials: sintetic leather (55% poliuretan, 29% cotton, 16% poliester) dimensions: S, M, L
The gloves sport an innovative design that joins the functionality of a glove with the aesthetic effect of jewellery. The gloves can be put on by pulling a short strap through a metal ring on the upper side of the hand and fixing it with integrated rivets that are located on the part next to the thumb. Longer straps can be wrapped around the wrist as desired, since the rivets are placed to form different lengths. Despite the protective reinforced parts of the gloves on the inner-hand area, the gloves are not overly brawny, thus maintaining the look of a fashion accessory. The designer chose a range of colours that give the gloves an attractive and fashionable look. They are made of slightly elastic leather.
DESIGN (DIS)ABILITY RAINCOAT
RAINCOAT WITH REMOVABLE KNEE WARMER
author: Petja Zorec technology: sewing materials: 100% nylon, elastic, metal rivet, retro reflective yarn dimensions: M (with possibility to make bigger or smaller variety)
Raincoat with removable knee warmer is integrated in a bag that can be hung on the wheelchair handles with simple metal rings. On the lower part of the bag, there are two zippers that open from the middle outwards, which can be easily opened. The raincoat can be thus removed from the bag, with the help of a sewn-in strap made of reflective material, and pulled over the body. The raincoat has integrated aesthetic elastic strings to prevent it from getting entangled in the wheels. The material used is ultra light 100% water- and windproof nylon. There is a large pocket on the raincoat that reaches from the middle of the thighs down to the ankles in which a knee warmer can be stored. There is also an additional pocket in the lid flap of the larger pocket for keeping personal items.