There is a $3.5 billion boom in construction currently underway. At the same time, over 10,000 people in Seattle are homeless, including nearly 4,000 who sleep outside. Professor Tad Hirsch from the Division of Design collected surplus Tyvek from construction sites to make a shelterwear prototype for homeless people, which can be transformed into a rain poncho, sleeping bag, and tent. The versatile poncho is practical for its user to face daily challenges; it is also symbolic in the realm of public, creating opportunities for active public engagement, and stimulating public discourse about Seattle’s housing crisis. On Tuesday, November 29,and Saturday December 3, Hirsch is holding communal “sewing circles” to create breathable, waterproof ponchos, tote bags, and other garments distributed by outreach workers to homeless individuals in Seattle. If you have some basic sewing skills, please join us!
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