A kitchen is not a room          
Kitchen Connections (2022)

Embroidered Tablecloth Book

As part of my final year degree work in NCAD 2022.︎
Commended in the Irish Graduate Design Award 2022.︎
How are we connected through the domestic kitchen space? And how can communication design play a role?

The kitchen can act as a unique space to nurture both human and inanimate connections. Looking at how one's personal experience of food and the kitchen can be visualised, this project explores this theme through the lens of the physical, the emotional, and the sensory. In doing so, it acts to further establish how the kitchen can be used to convey one's history, identity, and preserve a legacy.

A kitchen is not a room, is a poetry book that unfurls into a magnificent 152 × 275 cm tablecloth. Exploring the expressive artistry of cooking and the interplay of physical surroundings, this creation draws inspiration from the culinary rituals of my own mother in our kitchen as she makes the masterpiece that is, the biryani.
The meticulously choreographed movements inherent in the preparation of this cherished dish is translated in the hand-embroidered lines adorning the fabric. Dotted like garnish,  a 'found poem' emerges, woven from a tapestry of diverse texts—books, poems, articles, and prose. In this expansive tableau, the tablecloth encapsulates the very essence of the kitchen space, its significance transformed into a tangible and evocative form.