Tools have evolved over centuries to ease the burden of human labor by working harmoniously with the maker. Devices commonly known as a hammer, saw, or screwdriver become extensions of the body and allow us to perform tasks with ease and precision. The tools that exist in our workshops, kitchens, and garages are deemed valuable by fulfilling the function for which they were created. Through Handle, I am interested in learning more about how we assign value to objects. This exploration in tool making aims to create use-value of ambiguous objects. The value they started with was accrued from the materials from which they were made, in addition to the labor and time that was put into making them. The use-function of these tools has yet to be determined; by exploring their potential, I aim for them to transcend their role of precious objects for display. The work was incomplete until activated by physical interaction from the viewer.
(Display prompt for viewers)
HOW WOULD YOU USE THESE TOOLS?
Pick up a tool and hold it for a little while.
Consider how it fits in your hand, the age of the tool, and what it's made of.
What is this tool used for? How does one use it?
Write down on a piece of paper your ideas. There are no wrong answers.
Pin your response on the corresponding yellow tool silhouette on the adjacent panel.
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