Tair Littman

Be-Longing

Designer & Maker

״Today the number of people who do not live in their ‘native’ country comes to 220 million, therefore the experience of displacement is familiar to many people around the world. Their whole lives are spent taking pieces of many different places and putting them together into one puzzle. Home for them is really a work in progress; it’s like a project on which they’re constantly adding upgrades, improvements and corrections. But this comes with a price, which is the lack of sense of belongingness to a place and a home. ״

B.A. Final Project

“Be-longing” was my BA project that I presented on June 2015 to obtain my degree after the three years of studies.

The subject I chose to work on was somehow personal, it was on purpose; I wanted to convey my emotions regarding my environments at the time, and sum up in a symbolic way the last three years. I referred to my time in Switzerland and the search of a place I feel that I belong to. Working on this project made me understand how beautiful it is to have several different cultures in one person, how this aspect can make one more sensitive and inspired by his surroundings.

Today the number of people who do not live in their ‘native’ country comes to 220 million, therefore the experience of displacement is familiar to many people around the world. Their whole lives are spent taking pieces of many different places and putting them together into one puzzle. Home for them is really a work in progress; it’s like a project on which they’re constantly adding upgrades, improvements and corrections. But this comes with a price, which is the lack of sense of belongingness to a place and a home.

I came to Switzerland three years ago for my studies, but I never really felt at home, so I started looking for stability in social circles, and eventually I’ve found the Jewish community that gave me a sense of belongingness. It came as a surprise as I am not a religious person.

The materials I used are intended to refer and evoke the feelings of protection, stability and construction. Concrete is a material that is used to build cities, houses, and also shelters in times of war. It has a big part in our sense of security, and it represents the search of steadiness and the need to build a concrete and strong home. Metal is used to hold the interior structure of reinforced concrete; it gives it solidity, durability and force. The use of gold in particular is to refer to the precious discovery I’ve found here: values of community, family, history, solidarity and warmth.

In the collection I’m repetitively using round shapes. The circle is a widespread and basic form that everyone can understand, adding a universal value to my work. The circles also serve as a reference to a nest, as well as of the desire to and something whole, full and complete.