Monthly Archives: September 2017

Gaia’s 生け花 – Development and Outcome

Hello, Cheryl! Hello, World!

Elements found on the Ikebana are called shin, soe and tai. Which translates to Dominant (D), Sub-Dominant (SD) and Sub-Ordinate (SO) respectively. The longest branch, called shin, represents heaven. The medium branch, soe, represents man. And the shortest branch, tai, represents earth.


// Concept 1:  The Spirit of Fukuoka, Japan (福岡)

Fukuoka is one of Japan’s top 10 most populated cities, often known as the “Liverpool of Japan”. It is home to many of the most famous food in Japan (e.g mizutaki, ramen noodles), one of the city’s attractions in Fukuoka is their variety of outdoor food stalls that decorated the river bank.  These food stalls are known as Yatai. Many tourists came from all over the world to visit and experience this food trial.



Port and tower at Fukuoka, Japan.

The LED lights beautifully decorated the river bank, and it gives off an outburst of a modern vibe, bringing life to the night sky. This is one of the must-go places in Fukuoka, a chance to watch and experience the Japanese culture and to dig into some of the most delicious food in Japan. I feel that the light element really gave the entire aesthetic a big push and is one of the biggest highlights of this place, hence making it look so photogenic on any camera.


FOOD  フード

Food brings people together. The 150 Yatai stalls along the river bank are famous for their various dishes, and one of it is the Japanese Soft Serve and Oden.



By this time, the leaves have fallen and the tree is stripped bare. The branches are covered in thick layer of snow, which make the trees look like they have white leaves. The branches are curvey and organic in shape.


//Artist Reference: BAIKO 




For my final Ikebana Model, I decided to incorporate the main elements that represent the Yatai stalls of Fukuoka. They are Lights, Food items & lastly, a tree branch that looked like it had braved through winter.

This! >>>


// The Assembly


// Final Ikebana Model:

Color Scheme: Muted, Earthy tones (Blue, Brown, White, Cream)

Rationale: A winter representation of Fukuoka in a whole. The cotton wools at the base represent fallen snow, and the cotton balls (sphere) represent accumulated snowflakes on the branch. The ice cream cone and marshmallows (cylinder) signify the Yatai’s tradition. However, I am unable to hang ramen noodles and dango (ダンゴ ) on the branch since they do not constitute to the winter theme. I thought the colours of marshmallows and cone would better compliment my ensemble. Ice cream reflects about the harshness of weather in temperature during winter. The blue LED lights (sphere)  brings about the distinctive spirit of Yatai stalls along the river bank, also adding on to the overall winter mood.

Feedback: It was said that I could better portray the pattern of fallen snowflakes by reducing the amount at the bottom branches (since the top part should look more densely covered in snow).

Rhythm of Flow:

Dominant: The Branch

Sub-Dominant: Fallen Snowflakes AKA Cotton balls

Sub-Ordinate: Cone & Marshmallows



//Rejected Ikebana Model (Documentating my attempt):

Elements: Wooden Spiral Piece, Cotton ball, Ice Cream Cone, Shaved Ice Ball (On the cone) and the Wooden piece I found interesting

Dominant: Wooden Spiral Piece (implied cylinder), Wood/Branch (cylinder)

Sub-Dominant: Ice Cream (cone)

Sub-Ordinate: Iceball (sphere), Cotton snowballs (sphere)

The reason why it’s rejected: I find that it somehow lacks the Ikebana essence, but I am still going to document it anyway since it has already been assembled. The structure looked too static and curated, hence this leads me to create another design.


//On that day:

That’s all folks!



Gaia’s 生け花 – Research


Hello, World.

Winter to me is a symbolic representation of Cold with Christmas vibe creeping in. This holiday is also known as the festival of light. It is the coldest season of the year and the season that comes after autumn. The colours representing winter would be Blue, White and Grey.  I would associate minimalist and zen-ness to an Ikebana ensemble.

// How do trees look like under such harsh climate?


// How my Branch looks like:

This is the chosen branch because it looks really unique! By unique, I mean how the colour of the brown is not overly dark, and yet it brings about the feeling of a barren tree during winter. Unlike other branches/twigs, this one has a nice structure to it. Even the twig has tiny “holes” which adds on to its perk. This is the little perfect branch that will represent my Ikebana!


// Some Research on Winter themed Ikebana ensemble:


// Some core characteristics that ties in with Winter:

  • Branches are BARE
  • Fallen Snow
  • Zen, Clean ensemble
  • Almost White-Out


// Mindmap & Ideation


// My Color Scheme (Neutral, cool hues)


//Winter Moodboard:


// Guide to Ikebana-ing (Note to self)


Alright! Time for development.


Forrest Gump – Research

Chosen Movie:  Alice In Wonderland

I always have a thing for whimsy movies. It never fails to take me on a ride in their world, so full of chaos and brilliance. Furthermore, such genres would be easier to manipulate with when it comes to  ‘Forrest Gump’. So I thought we could give this a shot!


// Movie Synopsis:

A young girl when she first visited magical Underland, Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is now a teenager with no memory of the place — except in her dreams. Her life takes a turn for the unexpected when, at a garden party for her fiance and herself, she spots a certain white rabbit and tumbles down a hole after him. Reunited with her friends the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the Cheshire Cat and others, Alice learns it is her destiny to end the Red Queen’s (Helena Bonham Carter) reign of terror.  cr:


// Some of the Main Characters are:

– Alice Kingsley

– White Queen

– Red Queen

– The Mad Hatter


// Some of the shortlisted quotes mentioned by these characters are:

“Where should I go?” -Alice. 
“It’s no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” – Alice
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – The White Queen
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” – Alice
“I don’t think…” then you shouldn’t talk, said the Hatter.” 
“We’re all mad here.” – Mad Hatter
“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”




From here on, I’ll start brainstorming on my 4 final quotes.


See you soon! x

My Line is Emo: The Botanist’s Emotions



Overarching Theme: Botanical Plants and Nature



// First level of emotion: PURIFICATION

I would like you to imagine this: A Botanist’s first discovery of her interest in planting. Whenever she is involved in planting, it is as if she forgets all her unhappiness. This new found hobby purifies her soul and gave her life a new meaning.

Method: A quadrant of an onion, stamped in white acrylic paint on transparent paper


// The second level of emotion: TRIUMPH

On a fine morning, she walked into her little garden and to her surprise, she saw that a seed has sprouted! It was a proud moment for her and this was when a sense of pride started to grow in her.

Method: Sliced Aloe Vera stamped on newsprint


// The Third level of emotion: BOMBSHELL

At this point of time, we call it the peak of emotion where she reached the highest point of satisfaction. Her passion was driven to its extreme especially when it is time for harvest. She could finally reap all her hard work.

Method: Long blade of grass, whipped against paper


// The fourth level of emotion: IRE

Life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. And at times, we will hit rock bottom. At this stage, her entire garden of corps died. She was brought face to face with failure and disappointment. For the first time, her efforts were in vain despite her meticulous care. What went wrong? She questioned.

Method: Vines rubbed in paint, pressed against paper. Using a block of wood, apply pressure and pull the ends of the vine to create similar effect


// The fifth level of emotion: BLIGHT

Darkness consumed most of the light. Was she truly meant to be a Botanist? A sense of loss and helplessness dwelled in her for the longest time. Eventually, the last leak of light is gone. She has been consumed by failure.

Method: A bunch of dried leaves in ink pressed against paper to create a viewpoint of a person standing under a tree, looking up. The whites are the lights that filter through.


// The sixth level of emotion: TREPIDATION

Self-doubt blasted in every corner of her body. This is how trepidation looks like to her. Scarred from failure, she never found the courage to plant again.

Method: Dry Soil soaked in chinese ink



Can’t describe how happy I am feeling right now. It was a wonderfully emotional process hehe.

Thanks for reading!

Pandora: The Eventual Outcome

// Hello, World!

After the previous consultation with Cheryl, I saw the amount of improvement I needed to make to my 3D Model. My allocated theme was HALF and hence, my main idea revolving the final product lies in the ability to create an interesting structure that resonates with the concept of a 50-50% ratio.

This is how my model looks like after further improvisations:

Actual Structure:


// Materials I used to make my 3D Structure:

  • Terracotta Clay (earthenware, clay-based ceramic)
  • A piece of white Acrylic Plastic
  • Metallic Strip
  • Acrylic Paint (Dominant)


// The Process:


// My Rationale behind the ensemble:

Uses of my Model:

  1. An Architecture that showcases the idea of ‘Half’
  2. A Binocular that enables the lovers of nature to take a closer peek at far away objects
  3. An old school lomo Camera

Terracotta clay, in my opinion, is an ideal replica in replacement of a stone or brick (which is almost too difficult to reshape).  It provides me ample amount of time to mold the clay into a structure I deem fit. On top of that, the natural color from the clay adds on to the overall aesthetic of a ceramic stone texture, making the viewing experience more realistic. Just like the structure of a building which is made of hard concrete, Terracotta clay would replicate a similar effect.

After another consultation on Thursday, I brought home my model for further improvisation on the width of the Sub-Dominant. Yup, got it trimmed into half after a lot of sawing and sanding! On top of that, I wanted to have a monochromatic color scheme to my model, hence, I painted matt black acrylic paint over the Dominant, Glossy white acrylic for the Sub-Dominant, and Shiny reflective metal piece for the Sub-Ordinate. This would balance out their overall aesthetic, starting with the biggest piece being the dullest, and the smallest most inconspicuous piece being the most attention seeking.


// Reflection for Pandora:

These few lessons were admittedly insightful. I attempted to toggle with several differences in terms of the length and width of my 3D Foam Model. I learned that every centimeter could potentially result in a shift of D to SD/SD to SO.

With that, I grew a sensitive eye to better distinguish how the size and position relative to its view point could potentially change the game plan.


Thanks for reading.

Week 2 – Further Improvisation on 3D Model

Hello, World.

(Oh no, I suck at doing intro, let’s have a cliche one k) Continuing from previous week’s progress, we have now come to the improvisation phase!  To recap, the assigned word was: Half.

I searched it up on google and its definition came up to – “either of two equal or corresponding parts into which something is or can be divided.” 


Presenting our first 3D model: The Human Barricade

Applying what I have learned from today’s lesson, I registered the ‘Wedging’ and ‘Piercing’ concept into my first 3D Model. The little gap on the Dominant foam gives it an interesting visual, which is known as the Void (1/3 unoccupied). Additionally, I added in a horizontal foam that brings about the pierced through concept. Overall, the key idea was to develop into a Human Barricade alike structure that can withstand heavy weights.



Presenting our second 3D model: The Wing Chun Wooden Dummy 

(Damn this is so unlike me…) Anyway, had one of the Sub-Ordinate foam pierced through the body of a Dominant foam. It was a lot of reshaping and cutting and slicing down before I manage to settle with this one. Hmm, on second thoughts, I might need to shave one of them down further. We’ll see…


& lastly, here’s the 2-Dimensional Sketch Analysis!


In summation, some of the key pointers I have acquired through this lesson were:

  1. Cantilever: A long projecting beam fixed at one end, used in bridge construction
  2. Gestalt Principle:  Where the sum of the whole is greater than it’s part
  3. Wedging: Cutting out a section, wedging another object in between the cut-out
  4. Piercing: When one box literally go through another
  5. Cradling: When an object is stuck between 2 others


(Happen to suck at doing an outro too, so…)

Toodles! wink