Mnemosyne’s Scent: ★★★ PON PON PON ☆☆☆ (Part 2)

Hey guise! This is the second part of the write up for the final project of Mnemosyne’s Scent, which I did with the freshest salmon in the bowl, Sihui!!

The first part, done by Sihui, can be found here, with the analysis of the final piece and it’s properties plus the connection to the previous part of the projects:

Project III: Mnemosyne’s Scent


Sihui and I were particularly intrigued by the concept of folding and bending of planar forms that took place in origami and thus wanted to incorporate such forms into our piece. We found some inspiration on Pinterest, many of which were modern forms of origami as well as paper sculptures.

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We thought about incorporating paper bending and folding into our final necklace, but we also wanted to have a metallic element in our necklace, so we also visited the websites of popular jewellery stores to look for trends in planar jewellery! The choker was a particularly apt form of using planar forms.
80s Glam Choker Necklace – Accessorize
Gold Choker – Lovisa
Brushed Gold Cuff – Lovisa
Infinity Drop Earrings – Accessorize



The first piece that we made out of the entire necklace was the origami strap! It was made by folding alternating triangles, and we made a few of such strips before attaching them together:

Choker style: 2 of the origami straps attached together

However, as we intended for the strap to be the dominant piece in the necklace, we felt that having the necklace as a choker would look too small when we would start adding other elements in the necklace. Thus, we started to expand into the idea of attaching another origami strap to make a longer necklace. Here are some of the design ideas that we came up with for both the choker and long necklace:

Brainstorming for designs of the necklace based off the origami strap

We felt that the wire that connected the straps would be the most effective as it would interact well with the strap through piercing, but we also had the shape and amount of wire to think about. Using too much wire could potentially overpower the strap, whereas using too little would make it almost unnoticeable. Furthermore, we still had to think about how we could make a plane using the wire.

Long necklace – 3 origami straps attached together with gold wire as a middle piece

Eventually, we settled on a design similar to the one above, but with two parallel lengths of straight gold wire attached across.

However, funny enough, when we tried to place the necklace over Sihui’s head to get it around her neck, it got stuck around her head and we looked at it and realised it worked better, aesthetically, as a headpiece rather than a necklace!!

However, even after settling that, we had the final element of our headpiece we still had to think about!! We went to our Pinterest board to search for inspiration for the final element.

‘Wave’ by Yaroslav Mischenko, Image taken from

We decided to emulate the almost piercing-like structure of the model here, and used a piece of gold wire as the middle strip connecting all the parts together. Piercing strips of gold paper on the wire, we then overlapped and curved the paper to create a series of small planes, and then added blue ribbon as another form of plane that complemented the gold-blue colour scheme of our headpiece.

Close up on the subordinate element of the headpiece

With that, our piece was done!!!

As you can see there were quite a number of challenges in our process, including lack of clarity. Furthermore, we didn’t have a lot of time and so we couldn’t focus on making two pieces or pieces that were large scale in nature. 🙁 But luckily our research process and experimentation helped us to find our footing and we managed to come up with a good final piece!

Mnemosyne’s Scent: Front view of piece

Here’s some alternative configurations of the piece that we did with comments from Cheryl. By removing a component of the necklace and turning that into a bracelet, we created a necklace and bracelet set.

Alternate Configuration: Bracelet
Sihui-sama with the choker and bracelet

Big BIG shoutout to Sihui for being such a kawaii bumblebee model and for being able to work with my horrible schedule haha <333

See yall next post!!!

  • Niki

Mnemosyne’s Scent: Sculpture

Hey yalls!! Here is my post on my process of analysing my favourite and most hated scents, and translating them into a physical and tangible sculpture. The scents that I picked were:

[ G O O D ]  My Jacket 🙂

Me in Taiwan wearing The Jacket circa 2015 🙁 help my glasses are so bad HAHA
Me sleeping in the AJ library in The Jacket during A Levels studying period circa 2016 :’)

My jacket!! I don’t wear it outside, only in hall and at home because it’s kinda worn out and lupsup and I’m afraid of losing it/losing the smell. I bought it for a trip to Taiwan in 2015 and after that I just constantly wore it until it started having a particular smell (smells like me?? but stronger), like what Singaporeans usually call a chou chou/bantal busuk. The memory I associate it with is one of the A Levels study period. I brought it to school everyday cos the library was uber cold and eventually when I took naps in it after studying, the smell was really comforting especially to an over stressed mind. :’) Also, I made really good memories (even though studying was hell) with some of my closest JC friends during that time and I think the jacket also kinda reminds me of them as well. 🙂

[ B A D ]  Coriander >:(

Honestly looking at this picture already makes me feel like I can taste the coriander???? Ohmagod ew help

The smell of coriander. Like eeeew have you smelled that shit. Even worse EATEN IT >:( Ok there are a lot of people that disagree with me on this point (including much of my family and I’m looking at you, Dhanu), but I just can’t find any love at all in my heart for this herb. It smells so strong and has this intense and nasty flavour?? Like you took 300 leaves from a random tree and you put all that nasty flavour into ONE LEAF. I spend too long picking it out of my food and the worst experience is when I mistake it for the spring onion and eat it and then it literally ruins my whole meal ohgad uughghughggh

We were then asked to describe our scents using physical attributes like enveloping, wide, flat etc. Here’s my mind-map and imagining of what the plastic sculpture could look like:

Mnemosyne’s Scent Mindmap



For the final sculpture, we made them out of PET bottles by applying heat using hot air guns and soldering irons to bottles that we cut up. Sounded easy enough until I actually tried it. 🙁 Turns out it’s really really hard to manipulate the plastic into a shape that you want, and it’s more of a process of making something and then working backwards or trying your best to make something that resembles your original idea from there.

Here’s mine in full view!

The upper portion is my good scent, the jacket, which I envision to be something that is cradling and at the same time has this feeling of floatiness and grace. I wanted the top part to look pleasant, almost like the unfurling of flower petals, so I cut out petal-like shapes in the pet bottle and warped them with the hot air gun.

The bottom portion is my bad scent, coriander, as I also wanted to show a wrapping kind of scent, except it was strong and concentrated and nasty and basically was like a trap. So I had cut up the edge of the PET bottle into tiny strips and applied heat till they all curled in on themselves and entangled and twisted into this interesting shape.

I positioned them this way as I wanted to convey a feeling of the jacket’s scent emerging from the scent of the coriander as a ‘free’ entity again instead of being trapped in the nasty scent, like a place of refuge.

Mnemosyne’s Scent Sculpture, Full Front View
Mnemosyne’s Scent Sculpture, Full Side View
Mnemosyne’s Scent Sculpture, Back view

Particularly like the last picture because the light is cast so that it coincidentally falls on the good scent whereas the bad scent is in the shadows?? Hehe.

Mnemosyne’s Scent Sculpture, Upper Portion
Mnemosyne’s Scent Sculpture, Lower portion
Mnemosyne’s Scent Sculpture, Top view

Overall feedback I got was that the shapes and lines were interesting, especially the bottom portion, the coriander, as the twisting gave off a creepy vibe. However, the positioning of the two scents was off as it simply looked like one was placed on top of the other. Cheryl suggested for the jacket smell to expand in scale and instead wrap around the coriander with a big void for breathing space.

Ultimately, this was a really interesting experience, especially looking into the different scents everyone had and for the first time, trying to translate a scent into visual terms. From here on though, the challenge changed drastically into one involving fashion. But that’ll be for next post, so see yall!! 😀

  • Niki

Mnemosyne’s Scent: Planar Models

Hey there guise! :)))) This is a final write up on the entire process of our experimentation with modelling with planes as well as sculptures based on scents.

Here is some information on the deconstruction of a planar model:

Notes on Planar models – Niki Koh, 2017

Since our planar models were to be made out of three strips of paper with varying widths and lengths, the model, like all other exercises, had to contain dominant, subdominant and subordinate relationships. The voids created by the different strips had to also strive to differentiate themselves from one another. Apart from that, the interaction between the different strips should be done through piercing and wedging instead of laying flat against one another, such that the 3D aspect of the model is enhanced.



Planar Sketch Model A, Front View
Planar Sketch Model A, Side View 1
Planar Sketch Model A, Back View
Planar Sketch Model A, Side View 2
Planar Sketch Model A, Top View

For this model, I wanted to create a contrast in the space taken up by the model, so I concentrated much of the planar action in the upper portion of the board, whereas I simply extended the longest strip diagonally across the lower portion of the board. I also wanted the dominant strip to contain a sense of grace, so I curved it into a swooping/falling shape similar to a circle. I tried to carry on the sense of curves by using curving for both the subdominant and subordinate as well. However, I feel now that I should’ve incorporated more bending and complex curves to bring a sense of interest into the piece. Overall, the feedback that I got back was that the diagonal motion of the dominant strip across the paper was interesting, but the voids created by the dominant and subdominant were fairly similar. Furthermore, the interaction of wedging and piercing between the strips was absent (I didn’t know I swear :{ ).

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