Ego: Final


Finally, after weeks of conceptualising and designing and drawing, my final ego up on the line!

Final composition

Final composition

Bird + Japan = Me

Straightforwardness – Restrictions = Freedom

Determined x Delibrate/not giving up = Bamboo, a symbol of ultimate resistance

Planting my dream (letting the seedling grow) + Preserverance (enduring the harsh winter) = Full bloom (thats when i can bloom finally and shine)

There are so many other things that i would love to include in this project, but there are limits to what i can put. What I have done is just one of the many aspects. Prof Ina suggested putting kanji characters over each, and i tried with one ^^

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This project has made me learnt so many things, both technical and about myself. I didn’t believe that i would be able to so it at first, but i did it.

Final installation:

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Ego: Process


Finally, feeling inspired, i started drafting on how i want the boxes should be.20151122_234428-min


This was the very first idea i have for ____+____=me.

Japan + birds would be me. What i wanted to do here was having the designs on each of the tangram , which will make up the final me.


Another initial draft





I had problems with expressing myself hence the many empty spaces that I am not sure what to fill in.

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I took the ideas from a tangran and combined with one of the designs i saw in one of the books. Instead of it being a tangram, i used the properties of the circle pattern beside it and designed my own bird! (definitely one of the designs i like  best in this creation process)


After these drafting on paper, i realised that i am not going to see how it really looks like unless i use the actual medium. I like the clean and neat aspect of their designs hence i choose to use illustrator.

The first design that I started with was the “restriction”. Circle is a pattern that is popular in designs and i thought that when circles linked up, they look like a chain, which would represent the 束縛(restriction) that i want to show. Instead of it being the long rectangular pieces that we usually use for chain, I like the effect circle gave.

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and i started with blue colour unknowingly

I had a hard time figuring out which piece of the circle should overlap each other. However, after sorting it out, the clean effect is nice and i have decided straight to go with this design.

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The bird I design was what i created next in illustrator! The exact proportions for the bird was a challenge as it would result in unbalance weird looking birds.

Before placing in the birds, i erased part of the circles out, thinking it would create more space for the birds to be in. Surprisingly, the results that came out seem like the bird is trapped inside this bubble instead.

The line for better me was

Straightforwardness- restrictions = freedom (better me)

For straight forward, i was inspired by Tanaka’s lines and the often use of lines in japanese designs.

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I experimented alot with this design. What i like was the illusion of depth that is created simply by using lines and values. However, this wasn’t chosen as i felt that it didnt fit the overall feel of the project that i was going for.



I knew that i wanted to include “water” within my panels. water has many qualities and its “flexible”, can adapt to any form, which will definitely be part of my ideal me.

This black and white version was what i initially had. After consulting with Prof Ina, she suggested to continue with my colour theme of using blue, i added it into my waves.

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looks okay, but not wow enough for me

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What i had before i got stucked


The plant that i chose to represent the ideal me was bamboo. Bamboo may look weak, but its actually very strong, It has a resilient spirit and is not afraid of any huge winds that come. They bend, but dont break.

For bamboo, i tried to create it using shapes, however i dont see the vitality that I wanted to show. After thinking, i decided that I should draw them instead. I made sure that my bamboo looks like a brushstroke, which seems to give more life to the plant.

I check the colour wheel and realised golden/yellow colour complimented blue and i added it to all the boards in this row. It made my row feel more complete.

One of the spontaneous row that I created is the future me. Again, i had the idea of using plum blossom but have to idea how to portray it. I saw a reference of a plum drawing on a ceramic plate and i like the feel of it. I recreated the brushstroke feel of the plant. All trunks and flowers are draw by me. Also, i wanted to try out new colour scheme this time.

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decided on this colour scheme!

I remembered about the usage of negative space in our previous assignment and i found the perfect opportunity for this.

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I merely changed the amount of space each colour occupies, without change any of the original colours.

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I had fun with this in playing with the volume and space.


Onward to the final post!

Ego: Referencing


As mentioned in the previous post, I wanted to go into japanese designs but I dont really have a clear idea of which aspect about japanese design i wanted to go into. I decided to go to the library to get some inspirations and references. These are some interesting books that i have found.


this book really helped me alot in confirming the direction that i wanted to go due to its explanations of the patterns and symbols used. I love that and hence it become the anchor of my final designs

Really thankful for this book with the dedicate explanations, which helped me alot in understanding how the traditional designs are formed and composed.

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The title of the book says it all. Japanese designs is really genius

Inside it, it is like a full museum of traditional design which greatly inspired me in my composition processes.

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some of his design works

While i was researching on japanese design, Tanaka Ikko’s name appeared very frequently in many searches. His designs are all very interesting and abstract, but they tell us so much.


I love how he managed to mix japanese elements into such simple designs.


After looking through these books, i knew what i wanted was to dive deeper into the traditional designs where they used in the olden days (and widely used now)

Other than the “visual” aspect, one of the other ideas was the usage of tangrams. I thought that it look like origami and it might be able to fit well into my designs.

These are some of the many research i have found about tangrams. Another reason why i wanted tangram was that it was made up of 7 pieces! which is also my favourite number.

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The designs tangram can have is really overwhelming and so interesting.

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And then, i have also found products and quilts that have the feel that i was looking for. having a giant main shape and designs within the shape.


Project 3: Ego


To be honest, i was totally scared when i know that we are going to do this project.. Ego. meaning self-discovery, showing the others who I am. I have never really thought much about myself, and i felt that i am bad at expressing those ideas. After studying the references, i thought of doing the very literal narrative version of me.

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In order to come out with this, i wrote down a list of words and feelings that i would associate with myself.

The idea behind these boards are mainly “bird”, “japan” , “nana (my favourite singer)”

I drew the first line which was Nana+ bird = me!(in concert)

As I continue drawing, I had that idea of turning my bird into representing me. I found that idea to be cute and interesting so I went on doing the other boards doing that.

After consulting with Prof Ina, I do agree that this is too little for me as there are still a few weeks more to go, I should research more about what do i really want to do.

I have decided to use “Japan” as my main research theme and decide to find designs surrounding it.