Through this project, I wanted to document my move from Serangoon to Woodlands and that transitional process.
As my project would include 2 places, I wanted to show a contrast between these places through my letters. As I headed down to these places, I started thinking about the characteristics of the neighbourhood and realised that the feeling I got in both places were very different.
In Serangoon, it was bustling and lively, with everyone crowding in NEX Shopping Centre. It was a hub for people in the district. It was also where I spent most of my time when I was hanging out around the neighbourhood. Hence, I decided to portray that hustle and bustle through letters formed from brand names found in NEX.
It was a long journey taking the train down to Woodlands. It felt very secluded and tucked away in a small corner where only people living in Woodlands would hang out in. Also referring to its name, I decided to focus on letters that I could form with trees.
So… we had to do a string sculpture. I knew from the start that I wanted to keep my string sculpture very simple and minimalistic.
So, for my study model, I drew out a circle and square on opposite ends of the paper. Then for each corresponding side, I connected the string from one corner to the opposite corner. This, however, resulted in a large gap on all four sides, which was not appealing at all. The strings also came loose very quickly. For my study model, I had also curved the edges of the square but I didn’t like the look of it.
My study model!
Hence, for my final piece, I kept the edges of the square straight. I also connected the strings differently by skipping only a few holes when connecting the string from the circle to its corresponding hole in the square (not sure if that made any sense). But anyway, it resulted in a slightly twisted effect which I really like. This time, I also started from the inside, which was the shorter edge to prevent the strings from going too loose.
Halfway through my final piece!
Some photos of my final string sculpture!