Wall Hanging Tapestry
Weaving a Better Future
“The way we treat our bodies and extract and exploit our own energy, mirrors the way we collectively treat the precious resources of our planet” – Ruby May
A wall hanging tapestry that brings data to life in a tangible way
This innovative physical data visualisation project uses macrame and weaving techniques to craft a large tapestry measuring 1.9m in height and 90cm in width.
The dashboard brings attention to how our actions towards both our environment – measured by CO2 emissions – and mental wellbeing – measured by the share of population with depression – are intertwined. The Happy Planet Index at the top of the tapestry enables governments to track their progress against long-term objectives for sustainable development that ensures life is happy.
This work calls on governments for responsibility towards both people and planet alike. It is a reminder of the power we have over our own destinies.
ourworldindata.org/grapher/annual-co-emissions-by-region (excluding international transport)
‘Other’ groups Africa, Oceania and South America together
The Making Off
The tapestry is crafted with the help of Tableau and by employing whiteboard foil and markers. Just as in my other physical data visualization projects, the tactile engagement of manual work and hand-drawn elements plays a pivotal role, creating a synergy between technology and craftsmanship. This process is one that I take immense pleasure in, as it allows me to immerse myself in every detail, resulting in a project that resonates with authenticity and creativity.