By Carol, Xuan Fei and Charlotte

Here’s what that my group and I came up with for our presentation topic for 2D class which would be rather helpful for our first project, Que Sera.

We covered areas namely:
Semiotics – Signifier, Signified, the Triadic Relationship in Semiotics
Types of Signs – Icon (the different types of Icons), Index, Symbol
Examples in Typography, Advertising, Daily Life

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Hannah Höch


Still one of my favourite artists I’ve come across last semester for 2D while researching for technique inspirations for our final project (Ego In Different Settings). I love how Höch uses the photomontage and collage technique to create those abstract yet quirky looking artworks of hers.

The overlapping of images, and different compositions/angles of the different pieces of the photomontage helps to create some dimension and a dynamic feel to her works which is definitely something I can explore once again in this project since I really enjoy working with textures & tactility.



To sum up, an art movement that was meant to go against the values of culture of what was believed to have caused the First World War. DADA eventually became recognised an a type of avant-garde art which included works in mediums of visual, literary, music, collage, cut-up writings and more.

One famous DADA art would be the Fountain (1917) by Marcel Duchamp


But in this case for our project, I think the more relevant forms of DADAism that we’ll be able to adapt would be the collage and cut-up writings technique of creating art. Back to artist Höch, she too had works that likened to the DADA art movement. Below are more examples during DADA:

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Paper Cut-Outs

papercutAnother technique I found interesting and a possible exploration for this project, paper cut-outs! They can help create some sort of spatial depth and achieve a really cool effect. Not sure if this would work for the concept I’m going for but definitely keeping this in mind 🙂 I particularly like how it creates texture and at the same time a minimalistic feel (for the designs below)



The last technique I found interesting, pretty much the same idea of treating surfaces but in this case it’s layering – Done through various mixed mediums. For example, it can be all embroidery based (layering threads over one another layer after layer to achieve more dimensionality) or doing it through painting.

Basically it’s just going over layer after a layer (if that makes sense…)
This technique just screams tactility and textures 😀

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So after much researching, what you see above are the artists, art movements and techniques I found interesting for this project. As I enjoy exploring the idea of tactility in my works, guess the research below would be helpful!

Seems like I can’t escape the idea… but treating the surfaces to achieve tactility in my compositions would probably only be for one or two as I intend to somehow create a link between the technique used with the job I’ve selected – Saving the further explanation for the process post later on!

Charlotte 🙂 It’s back to the grind of conceptualisation and we’re greeted with our first project brief and an in-class assignment already, talk about uni life!

We had to introduce ourselves by coming up with 3 different Hello My Name Is… name tags with the drawing materials that we were asked to bring before class on Thursday.


If I knew we the colouring/painting/drawing materials we were asked to bring was for such an in-class exercise I would’ve brought more! No choice, I had to work with whatever I had. There was definitely a period of artist block for a while but alas I came up with my 3 name tags just in time for the sharing session.

To be very honest, I am pretty sure the ideas behind each of my name tag was only conceived as I was designing it but somehow they clicked. On hand I had markers and pens in my favourite colours plus colour pencils. So I started off by deciding to have the three name tags someone consistent in colour and it’s probably pretty obvious what my favourite colour is – Teal/Turquoise/Mint (along these lines)

#1: Hello My Name Is Charlotte


Story behind this first name tag… Over the holidays I got intrigued by the fine details of hand-lettering and decided to try my hand a little at it especially the letter shadowing bit. Something I’ve always been curious about and could never figure out without the help of the internet. So here’s my name in a handwritten, calligraphy style to reflect the story. Conclusion on my hand-lettering skills: Not there yet, needs way more practice.


#2: Hello My Name Is Charlotte


This second design was pretty much conceived from my favourite mediums and environment (nature). I love watercolours and nature and more often than not the combination you get out of these two are watercolour florals found mostly in hand-lettering border designs for cards, invitations, motivational quote designs etc.

Was trying to achieve the watercolour effect by blending colours and using really lightly coloured felt markers which helped create the translucent/transparent effect of watercolours.


#3: Hello My Name Is Charlotte


For the third and final name tag, it was really pure doodling, something I often find myself habitually doing and of late it’s always memphis inspired patterns or geometric shapes thus what you see in the above name tag; another of my favourite thing.

Well I guess one can conclude that my sharing was about a few of my favourite things 🙂