Stone wrapped in felt.
Living under occupation is an attack on people’s mental strength. Being confronted every day with the consequences of a conflict produces tension.
When talking to a Palestinian artist about the conflict, Dutch designer Mark-Jan Van Tellingen wondered if he had ever thrown stones at Israeli forces. “Yes”, the artist replied. For him it was a release of restrained tension, a short moment of completely de-stressing. In this sense, the stone became the object of release. Similar to a stress ball, it had the objective of releasing tension.
This design became a fusion of these two objects. A stress ball containing a stone, wrapped in felt. Will it serve its purpose?
Size: Diameter 6cm
Material: Felt, stone
Design: Mark Jan van Tellingen (Netherlands)
Artisan: Ma’an Lil-Hayat (Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine)
Producer: Disarming Design From Palestine