Priti Pandurangan

Threads of Comfort

In this project, I try to capture the small everyday choices that bring the feeling of comfort & familiarity. Leveraging the metaphor of sewing, the tactile nature of a cushion & it’s associated affect, I explore ways of surfacing the varied but similar notions of human comfort.

This project consisted of two parts: a live interactive canvas where the audience could enter information and generate their unique data art patterns and personalised fabricated cushion covers from these patterns.

  • Fabrication
  • Interactive
  • Personalised
  • Printmaking

Data as a Means of Inquiry

A small multiples exercise to get to know my peers at the beginning of the course
Mapping notions of comfort to the qualitative data I collected


The project began with the observation that nearly all my peers have moved home & countries to be here. We share common emotions around shifting to and getting acclimated to a new environment, culture, weather & food. The project attempts to surface the small pleasures that have remained constant and are a source of comfort and familiarity.

I conducted open-ended discovery interviews with a few peers to understand their notions around comfort. The qualitative data collected was used to identify & categorise different aspects of comfort. Guided by some of the responses from the interviews, I iterated on different phrases associated with each category & finalised a set of descriptors that felt both broad & complete.


Documentation of contextual research & studying examples of relevant art & design work

Medium & Metaphor

I looked specifically at Kantha stitching techniques because of their association with the concepts of connecting and caring

Visual Explorations


I generated unique patterns for all my peers to showcase at the exhibition


A snap of the audience trying out the interactive


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