Typography chapter 5: Work in progress

My paper cut attempt: to portray the depth of the box.

I had this idea while researching on this project. At first I wanted to make a Pandora’s box for myself. Using just black and white papers and tiny little foams, I created a sense of depth in the composition.  However, I feel that the workmanship is not there and the structure itself is quite fragile…so in the end I decided to forgo the idea.

My attempts to arrange the compositions and create the types:

My questions during the group consultations – Is it okay without a background or is it too plain? What should I include in background?  Should I manipulate the drawings digitally? Any idea how I should portray the last panel – hope?

My (failed) attempts to manipulate my drawings digitally:

I tried to find a lot of different boxes as the background:

It was a disaster…

curiosity box

curiosity 2

curious 1

My ‘dabao’ (Takeaways) from the group consultations: 
  • Can try using negative spaces to portray the word. In that way, the background is not too blank.
  • Try using another symbol to represent hope in the last panel because the whole series are related to symbolism.
  • It is not necessary for digital manipulation if it is not fitting.
The process of making the real box and the layers in between.
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last layer
cutting out A5 board for every compositions

Typography chapter 4: Pandora’s box

Inspired by the Greek Mythology:

The story.

In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth. Zeus ordered Hephaestus, the god of craftsmanship, to create her and he did, using water and earth. The gods endowed her with many talents; Aphrodite gave her beauty, Apollo music, Hermes persuasion, and so forth. Hence her name: Pandora, “all-gifted”.

When Prometheus stole fire from heaven, Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Epimetheus, Prometheus’ brother. With her, Pandora had a jar which she was not to open under anycircumstance. Impelled by her natural curiosity, Pandora opened the jar, and all evil contained escaped and spread over the earth. She hastened to close the lid, but it was too late. The only blessing to the entire incident was that at the bottom of the jar, layed the gift of hope.


The Idea.

Pandora’s box, to me represents one’s subconscious mind. Pandora was given a jar filled with many sickness, desires and the many evils of the world. All of these are present in our subconscious mind. I believe that our subconscious mind not only has the power to manifest our most precious dreams and wishes but also our fears and hidden desires.

We all carry a Pandora’s box in our minds. By becoming aware of the things we have buried inside the box, we may be able to find hope and in turn heal ourselves. So…what do you have inside your Pandora’s box?

1. I am curious

  • Due to Pandora’a curiousity, she opened the Pandora’s box.


  • Magnifying glass – represent curiosity, the urge to search for more information.
  • At the spiritual level the magnifying glass in the dream means that the dreamer must take a closer look at his behavior, if he wants to move forward on the path of spiritual development.
Searching for more information


Taking a closer look


My pandora’s box – Fears and desires.

2. I fear losing/endings


  • Dark crows – closely connected with death and loss.
  • Cutting of ropes – endings
Inspired by Jee young Lee.
Inspired by Jee young Lee.

3. I desire for more


  • Octopus tentacles – represents greediness, the desire to grab more things in your hands.
Meaning: Neediness or greediness


Meaning: Grabbing or grasping, trying to take control over something

4. I am Couragous


  • Oak Tree – The mighty Oak is a symbol of courage and strength, legend has it that it is the most powerful of all trees, the Mighty Oak stands strong through all things.
Mighty and strong. Symbol of hope and power.