Aran 0.5 ( no.2) is off to St Etienne Design Bienalle to be part of an exhibition curated by Sebastian Bergne called Designed with Heart. Aran 0.5 is a repurposed Ebay aran jumper and plays with ideas of cultural authenticity. More information here barántúil
"We're hardly short of new products in the modern world. But how often do the products we rely on really matter to us? Why do we so often favour big brand names? Is it because we trust in their power to improve our lives or because we lack the knowledge and confidence to make bolder choices ?
This exhibition gets to the heart of why these choices are important by showcasing new products that have what Sebastian Bergne calls 'Design with Heart'. But visitors expecting to find a collection of exclusive design 'icons' may be in for a surprise. Exhibits range from tableware to trumpets and cheeseboards to circus equipment. Some are beautiful; a few may not even appear to have been designed at all.
The ingredients that these products have in common often transcend issues of style or aesthetics. Some are distinguished by the spirit of generosity or integrity in which they were created; others are products with the power to create a special sense of community; still more stand out because of their unique sense of innovation or their sheer beauty."