It is becoming clear, as I continue exploring texture, that I seem strangely attracted to old walls, peeling paint, and bricks. While that isn’t all that grabs my eye, it is becoming an entire sub-theme. My thoughts have been circling around what it means to touch something. Or rather, how infrequently we think about texture as we interact with daily objects. Applying a conscious effort to think about the things we touch and experience in a day is an interesting exercise. You may find, like I did, that we interact with a surprisingly limited set of textures in a typical day. A door knob, a faucet handle, car steering wheel, computer keyboard… I touch less than 100 object in a typical day. Try counting how many textures and objects you experience in a day and leave a comment. I’d be curious to hear if my experiences are the exception, or the rule.
Beyond thinking about what textures I experience in a day, where those textures “exist” is also important to understand. It isn’t common, for example, for us to touch the floor or ceiling. We are usually unaware of the textures that make up these surfaces. Perhaps that makes it harder for us to relate to the textures that are above and below us. Unlike the ground, walls are easily accessible to our hands. How many walls have you touched in your life? Perhaps typical wall textures evoke a stronger reaction in me because those are the textures that I have more frequently experienced. What do you think?
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