Coconut Tales is using the art of storytelling to showcase the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren, retain memories of the past while using art & design to help cope with dementia. Reminiscence therapy guides the story collection process.
Project records stories and moments of a Singaporean’s life of the 1940s – 1980s, contributing to saving Singapore’s intangible heritage.
Engaging elderly Singaporeans in reminiscence have been explored by various organizations but are often conducted with nursing home seniors and youths that do not know each other. Coconut tales bring forth a personal relationship’s bond, connecting family members to engage in reminiscence within a homely environment.
With the exploration of art, storytelling, heritage and technology, the outcome of this project is an immersive art installation that encourages personal perspectives and stories of grandparents to be shared. The project imperative is to record, preserve and continue to engage younger Singaporeans in learning about Singapore’s heritage.
Keywords: Reminiscence, Singapore’s Intangible Heritage, Memories, Family Bonding, Connection
The designer that I admire is Stefan Sagmeister. He is an Austrian born designer based in New York. He has various roles to his name – graphic designer, visual artist, performance artist, storyteller and typographer, with one of his most notable works being the AIGA Detroit poster.
He also designed album covers for musicians such as Lou Reed, OK Go, The Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Jay Z, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny. He is the co-founder of Sagmeister & Walsh, a well-known famous design firm. Living by his motto, “Design that needed guts from the creator and still carries of these guts in the final execution,” he creates intriguing and provocative designs that gave the status of graphic designers a redefinition.
He is really creative on giving innovative and unique art direction for projects, where he does not go with what is available commercially, but produces work that evokes emotions, with a human approach to it. His work ethics is also a point to learn, where he do not just focus on profits, but on projects that he will be happy and love doing.
On top of that, the personal well-being of him as a creative practitioner is also very important for him, where he takes a year-long sabbatical to ensure that he does not lose interest in his passion for creating.
Being an influential figure, he also provides a lot of help and advice for budding designers by giving feedback on their work. He currently has an ongoing series on his Instagram where he uses it as a platform to critique work that people have sent him. It’s very heart-warming to see people within the creative industry offering help to each other to grow their own creative practice, and I enjoy reading the critiques he offers to learn some dos and don’ts myself too.
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