Assignment 1: Present Identity

For this project, we will have to explore the relationships between form and material in making an object defined by a specific identity and then make a gift for a client in our class. My client is Cally and after the short interview with her, i gathered some informations which i think it may be useful. This are some of the likes and dislikes i found out about her that day, which led me into exploring some gift ideas that she might like.


As i consulted Peter after interviewing, we were asked to research on 3 words that is not linked at all to do a presentation so as to further expand our thoughts on gifts. My three words were: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Types of chilli in Asia and Lipsticks.

These are the short presentation research slides:

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From all the information i wrote down earlier, i realised that since she likes travelling overseas especially more towards the western countries where chilli is usually not available as it does not suit the taste of the locals, i decided to go with making a chilli travel pouch for her. As a person who really LOVES chilli,  she will be able to conveniently bring the pouch around when she travels and not worry about not having any spices/ sauces in her food. 🙂


I had several design in hand before trying to figure out which is actually the best and most convenient, since travelling is a main point to take note of. The product should be something not very bulky and heavy. Another consideration was also the material used and how the chilli containers are supposed to fit into the “Travel Pack”. Colour wise was also an issue although she does not particularly dislike any colour.

After much consideration, i decided to go with the material of thick felt as it is firm but soft, which makes it very comfortable to hold and it will be flat when no container is inside, which makes it easy to keep, just like a thin piece of cloth. Also, i wanted to add a waterproof plastic layer with a zip attached to it in the pouch to prevent the accidental chilli spillage. I decided to use velcro as well so that the chilli containers can be changed and taken out easily for my client to use. Therefore, she can also switch the types of chilli around and decides which ones she want to bring.

Lastly, to hold everything together, there will be a rubber strap attached. I decided on the colour grey for the felt as it is a dark and classy colour where it would not get dirty easily. The zip i chose was red to go along well with the transparent containers that will have chilli inside them.


Some of the containers

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The sewing machine i used (which was hell!!!!!)

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Two long strap of velcro sewn for containers to be pasted on them.


Types of chilli include: Garlic chilli sauce (the tube-like container that can be squeezed), Sambal Belacan, Shrimp (Chinchalok) Chilli Sauce, Chilli Padi, Homemade chilli and chilli powder.

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Overall, i think it was a great experience in learning how to use the sewing machine although it was a tedious process and the workmanship could be better as well! Maybe the containers could be of the same type and size as well, but then again there are there are different kinds of chilli. However, i am glad that Cally really liked the gift! :))


Author: Chia Te

Hi, i am Chia Te

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