In the Fall of 2017, I crocheted a tent that was meant to represent my personal space of comfort. I used the pattern of a granny square to make the tent, a basic crochet pattern that is often one of the first things people learn when they start crocheting. I completed this project through a class in MIT's Art, Culture, and Technology program called Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in Dialogue taught by Azra Aksamija.
The quilt-like crochet piece was laid over the base structure of a camping tent. This way, the structure was collapsible, so it could be transported easily and taken down or put it up when needed. It was meant to behave kind of like the original tent, but less practical and more symbolic, allowing one to shelter themselves from the outside world, while surrounded by things that make them feel at home.
The temporary-ness of the space was inspired by the situation in many refugee camps, where permanent spaces that weren't approved by the UNHCR are not allowed. It also stems from the need for more spaces of comfort in places like this. This space is currently tailored to me specifically, but it is meant to be be altered in material/method/design to fit other people’s lives or living situations, so it could fit their definition of comfort instead of mine.