Final Pieces

So after much contemplation and adjustments, these are the final 4 pieces that I’ve chosen and done.

For this project I focused more on the techniques and the way the typography was done and how this shows the different qualities of myself.



I adapt easily. Using just a single sheet of paper and slicing my name out shows how my name is part of it’s surroundings.




As someone who likes to construct, this was the one piece that I needed to spend a lot of time and energy doing- from cutting the wood, to nailing and threading. It is constructed layer by layer.




I get confused easily and so I decided to incorporate my name in a confusing way, where if you look from far you won’t be able to make out anything but if you look closely, my name can be found.




I am a wanderluster, which means that I have a strong desire to travel and I feel that pop ups look best if done on a scenery. Also, I love to travel to the countryside, where mountains and nature makes me feel relaxed and happy.

Typographic Portrait: Process III

After finalizing my ideas on my sketchbook, it is time to do a hard copy of them!



The string art turned out really nice! (During consultation Ina pointed out that this was good too.) However this looked a little too plain for me so I might add more colours for the background during my final piece.


After sketching out different objects, I decided to go with the swiss knife (K), camping tent (A) and marshmallows on twigs (Y) and it turned out quite good, just that I might need to do a little amendments because the cutting wasn’t so good.  (Ina pointed that out too.)


I wasn’t really feeling this after seeing the outcome, it looked a bit too simple, and it was probably because of the material I used.


This came out pretty good and it’d look best if pasted on another plain white paper. I really like how the letters are not alphabets as it is supposed to look like and how even though it looks plain, the shadows formed is becoming part of its aesthetics.

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Ina really liked how this was done- simple, using just brown string. The effect of this came out pretty well too, at first glance it may look confusing but if you take a closer look you can actually see the letters of my name.

Typographic Portrait: Process II

So after researching and brainstorming for ideas, I wrote (or rather, vomited) all my thoughts onto my sketchbook. Some pages were quite blank because I thought that it’d be easier if I were to start making them straight away so that I could do some troubleshooting if anything were to happen.


Here are the pages of my sketchbook:

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(I figured that the golden ticket wasn’t going to work because I felt that although it looks okay to me, I didn’t really feel like exploring into this because I wanted to do something more adventurous and exciting.)


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(I added some more detailed sketches as a means to explore out different variations and types of objects you see when you travel out in the wild. Also, during consultation Ina suggested I come up with more stylized illustrations for my swiss knife.)

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(I really like this series because I usually am a sucker for minimalistic pieces. Might choose to do the one on the right though.)

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Typographic Portrait: Research

As someone who loves Pinterest, my research is mostly based on the interesting pins I’ve found. (Seriously, Pinterest is the best)


(To view source, click on the picture)

These are some of the string art I’ve found. It is very interesting how a simple technique is able to play with both negative and positive space. I really like the colourful ones!

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Also, some optical illusions typography:

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(This is my favourite and I think this would look really good with string as a medium)


Some paper cut out typography:


I like how although the letters are not complete, we are still able to read the letters normally.


I think that this is another interesting approach for “adapting easily”


I like the idea of using a single piece of paper and just cutting my name out to show how I adapt easily to my surroundings. 😀


Here are some research for “I am very messy”:



Using the concept of pasting scraps.


Here are some cut outs that I find beautiful:



Really love how cut outs can make you feel peaceful and relaxed when you look at it, just like what travelling does to me.

Typographic Portrait: Process I

Hello my name is Kay (for short), and I

  • like to work with my hands

As someone who is kinesthetic, I learn best through carrying out physical activities and it is also because of this trait that I began to love making/painting.

The technique I would like to use for this is string art, something that I’ve wanted to try for the longest time.

  • am easily confused

It usually takes a while to understand things that are not straightforward.

The technique I am looking into for this is making use of optical illusions, creating confusing typography yet at the same time is able to be read.

  • like chocolates

I think this is pretty straightforward. I like chocolates.

And because chocolates remind me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, having a golden ticket to express this would be nice.

  • like to travel

Travelling is something that I’ve enjoyed since I was a child and I especially love car rides to the countryside.

I would like to venture into paper pop ups in this case, because I feel that this technique will bring out the best of the layers of mountains.

  • adapt very easily

I adapt to my surroundings easily so the technique that I would like to use for this is simple- paper.

  • am very messy

Being someone who’s messy, I would like to create a typographic portrait that is made from scraps, things (or rather, rubbish) that can be found in my room.