Typographic portraits

Brief: To use typography as an image to express 6 unique characteristics of myself.

A whole bunch of crazy ideas whittled down to six:

I am a –
#1. Sandwich Chomper
#2. Pattern
#3. Paper Cutter
#4. Bonsai Plant
#5. Closet crazy dancer
#6. Chinese

#1. Sandwich chomper

Because I love sandwiches! If I could only chose one thing to eat for the rest of my life it would be sandwiches.

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Process: I decided to make the sandwiches and photograph them before doing some editing on Photoshop. My digital imaging skills are really poor to say the least so I wasn’t sure how this would turn out.

I created a frame of common ingredients hoping that it would create a complimentary border for the image.

I tried biting the pieces of bread to form the alphabets but it wasn’t distinct enough so I used a knife to carve instead.






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It didn’t look as nice as I expected it to be, the vegetables were as big as the sandwiches… turns out I ought to have photographed the background at a much higher angle. Oh well, change of plans then!



I replaced the background with a neutral wooden background and used a patterned paper to frame it for a picnic-y feel. Increased the saturation for a vibrant finish, and the shadow for a 3D effect.

#2. Pattern

We are all patterns forming patterns. I chose embroidery to express this as there are so many possibilities to create.

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Initially I wanted to do a different pattern for every row, however taking into consideration the principles of design, it made more sense to limit the patterns to increase the clarity of the text.

I distressed the edges to give it a rougher/raw finish.



#3. Paper cutter

I love to craft, and paper is my choice medium. I was inspired by a mowed lawn, and thought that it could represent my idea quite clearly in an amusing way.

Inspiration:Lawn-stripey-1mg1 green-grass-tissue-mats-bx-72332 download

*I wanted to add a little tractor to complete the piece but it was difficult to make one on such a tiny scale :(*



It was very time consuming to fringe the tissue and stick it layer by layer to create a lush, thick grass patch; leaving the negative spaces to form the text.



#4. Bonsai plant

I chose a bonsai because they need lots of tending and pruning to ensure that they grow in a certain way. It may be restrictive, but the end product is beautiful. Kind of like this verse in the bible

“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:2

I hope at the end of it, my life would be one that is well pruned and beautiful.





I made the pots out of jumping clay, which is lightweight and moulded it around various objects.
The grass was made out of scrubbing sponge and the bonsai plant, bent wire and fake moss.



The ledge is made out of a strip of balsa wood.

#5. Crazy closet dancer

I’m a really awkward dancer, with three left feet. But sometimes I go a bit crazy when I’m at home with my sister.


I wanted to employ this old cinematography technique ombro cinema which causes still images to move. I liked the fact that the movement was jittery and jumpy, just like how I dance.

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#6. Chinese

I wanted to include this as even though I have a sub-par comprehension of my mother tongue, I am proud of my Chinese heritage. I used the most iconic blue and white porcelain rice bowl and rice grains as symbols.



Dyed the rice with food colouring and vinegar. Also, I found out that glutinous rice is extra white haha I never knew.



I framed it with rice paper attached to wooden dowels to create an impression of a Chinese scroll. I feel that the finish could have been better as the white glue caused the paper to warp, creating unsightly bumps.



Project 1b- FIRE & ICE


Fire and Ice
Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great

And would suffice.

We were required to create a pictorial interpretation of this poem written by Robert Frost. After reading the poem a couple of times, I figured that ice embodies the characteristics of coolness- being unfeeling, uncaring, indifference and fire represented warmth, passion, love and courage. Even though we could use photoshop for this project, I decided to stick with paper collaging which I’m more comfortable with.

The first picture is an interpretation of the line

“Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.” 

I cut out pointed shapes out of a marble textured paper to represent ice-cold, hard, piercing shards. For fire, I drew it in happy warm colors to symbolize bubbles of fire. This is rather ironic as fire isn’t always seen as something fun and gentle. Yet with this use of shapes, I hope to bring across the coolness of ice can sometimes destroy burning passions. Such a snide remark or disapproval may cause interests and passions to fizzle over time. A crinkled silver tissue was used as a background to give it it an overall steely feel. The trapeze artiste and explosion is used to symbolize how when fire and ice interact, things (people, feelings etc.) can get destroyed in the process, disintegrating them into pieces. In layering the different backgrounds under the main object (the trapeze artiste), I wanted to create depth to make the image more visually appealing.


tumblr_nnzpwii70z1uq1pq5o2_1280 a mosaic look for the ice portion

Pattern ideas for fire bubbles inspired by Estella Ng

Marble paper: http://designerwallcoverings.com/WallpaperStore/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=33819

Trapeze artist: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/28/54/5a/28545a652cb623c9c9cd35e0b8252461.jpg

Explosion: National Geographic Magazine


IMAG3994For this image, I wanted to capture how an unfeeling world would look be- flat and decaying.
I chose this image which resembles a dilapidated room and cut it in a circular shape just like how the earth is and would become if everyone stops caring for it. The waves are stilled and the green hills fade into blackness, everything with lose life when we stop caring for it. I left the circle in the center as the main focus and had the sea take up a third of the canvas to create a more balanced look.


The third picture is an interpretation of the line

“From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.”

What I was trying to convey with this image was that those who have experienced warmth of the flame, who have tasted desire (in my interpretation have wanted something, love, experiences, recognition etc.) they would not want ice (ie: destruction)

Destruction here is represented by an explosion of the bomb and desire, by the shiny lips. The sequins is just an extra touch to depict tasting. The blue paint is used to simulate ice, also to block out unnecessary background & bring focus to the explosion in the center.

Background explosion: National Geographic
Lips: http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lyda63heD31qz6f9yo1_r1_500.jpg, http://thisisnthappiness.com/post/16472648287/sticky


The last image is an interpretation of

“I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice

Is also great”

This last image depicts many warships sailing on a sea of molten lava, the entire image is encapsulated in creased clear tape to assimilate ice. I wanted to show how in a war, the attacking side does not show any regard of the opposition. Even though it involves guns and bombs/fiery elements, what it really is a display of cold, hard hearts which do not care for humanity.


Lava: http://img.shockblast.net/2013/03/ShockBlast-Sean-King-Volcano-Lava-Flows-Hawaii-16.jpg
Battleships: http://www.amazon.com/Revell-Germany-Battleship-Bismarck-Plastic/dp/B003E47HLE