At the core of a human experience is a search for comfort and safety. In order to approach the subject of safety on a large scale, I have designed a tool kit, which encompasses several types and definitions of both emotional and physical safety.
A participant in the Project Safety Tool Kit experiences various solutions to unsafe situations, through the objects included, as well as by recognizing their own resources. The objects included in the Tool Kit are largely inspired by interviews and workshops I conducted on the subject. Within it are pre-existing, altered, and fabricated objects that work together to facilitate different aspects of safety that were identified in the workshops, including consent, commodity, having someone with you, meditation, self-defense, vision, and shelter. Utilizing easily recognizable ‘tools’ aids in the accessibility of the tool kit.
An example of the tools included is a series of emotive stamps in the format of brooches, along with a stamp-pad bracelet to refer to consent as safety. The most universally resonant aspect of safety identified throughout the workshops was shelter, which I have represented in a portable fashion, in order to provide safety from a physical environment, as well as through solitude.
Project Safety engages community members on the topics of physical and emotional safety with the goal of inspiring agency. The Tool Kit works to instill a sense of shared experience in participants by making them agents of themselves and their everyday situations.