Photo Series Assignment [Y1 Foundation: 4D]

In this project,  we need to decide on one theme/ rule/ restriction, and take a series of photos which can convey a message/ meaning.


Final Results:

Ageing, Working

Ageing, WorkingPhoto series, 2018, Emma Cheuk Yan Wa


“Ageing, but still working” is a social phenomenon in Singapore. Some elderlies are living in poverty and have to work to earn a living. Questions appeared in my mind: Are their bodies healthy enough to afford every day workload? Are we responsible to help them? Elderly workers are in our society cannot be unseen them.  (55words)


Ideation, Exploration & Execution (Google slides link):


Feedback and Questions from Harry after presentation:

  1. Cannot really see the elderlies who are in black
  2. Why did you take photos of different person?
  3. Why not make the elderlies in black and white and audiences in colour?


Regarding Improvements and Answers:

  1. I re-edit the 2 photos where elderlies are in black:

2. To show elderly as a group

3. Too messy layout


Thank you for reading ☺


Class Exercises. Week1-5 [Y1 Foundation: 4D]

Theme: Light and Shadow Series (12/9/2018)


Attacked by a bee while studying (12/9/2018)

Feedback: more messy table, turned chair


Sensation, rigid and mysterious (5/9/2018)


Useless (21/8/2018)

Unplugged cable: sometimes you spend so much time climbing up the stairs, working hard to reach a goal. But the result is like the unplugged cable, not achieving anything. All effort you paid is useless.


Thank you for reading ?

Polyhedron Dreams. Process & Final [Y1 Foundation: 3D Project2A]


I was inspired by the mosquito coil that is in a spiral shape. In order to fit my first model, I changed the base to a triangle instead of a circle.

Experimenting using a sketching paper

I kept drawing triangles inside another till I couldn’t draw anymore. It looks like a maze. Then, I figured out the route to the very end by extending lines and erasing unwanted lines. I was satisfied with it and tried with another material: cardboard (that is stronger, perhaps can spread out nicely when I hold the tip)

1st attempt using cardboard:

  • Oversized, cannot fit into my reference model. I trimmed it so it could fit. After trimming it, there weren’t enough layers to look nice.
  • Adjusting width, size and number of layers of my model by crafting and experimenting(needs to fit into the reference stick model)

Creating the supportive part

  • 1st trial: too unstable, not appealing appearance
  • 2nd trial: supported by combining three triangles, very stable but kind of distracting viewers from my main part:  the triangular spiral. I wanted the ‘spiral’ to be the main object in my 2nd model.
  • Tried to use only one triangle instead. Cut out the inside of triangle so it coherence with my ‘spiral’ part
  • Created the bottom part, letting the whole model to stand itself

My 2nd Model

  • Satisfied,
  • It looks interesting in different angles!!!

Development of my 2nd Model


Development of my 3rd Model

My 3rd model- ideas

  • Wooden thin sticks: Replacing the triangle supportive part which i wasn’t satisfied with. Spreading sticks inside the model, outstretching the model in different ways.
  • Experimenting and exploring how to stretch the model, kept appearance of model appealing 
  • No big enough, with least layers. therefore, i created another structure with cardboard
  • Change of material: Cardboard isn’t hard enough to support. It bended when I wanted to stretch and turned it in different angles. I experimented using foam, foam is a strong and light material however it can’t bend. It broke when I tried to twist it. I also thought of other kinds of paper, such as mounting board, thick paper, foam board… I need a material that is flexible, and can also withstand and support the model -> pvc plastic and metal (wire: hard to make straight lines)
  • Kept it looked nice in different angles…
  • Cutting wooden sticks to fit my structure


My 3rd Model (Final Project)


So here’s my final model. I want it to look neat and unique at the same time. I like how the metal sheet reflects. General speaking, I think I achieve what I want: it looks interesting from all angles and doesn’t look symmetrical and rigid at all. But if I had more budget and more time, I would try to construct my model with another material.


Interesting to see myself developing and changing ideas through the 3 models. Learning through the processes and from others’ comments.

Feedback after presentation:

  • Choose of material: some parts are curved and straightened at the same time -> metal sheet should be used for study
  • Break out a bit more(extend more) instead of sticking to the tetrahedron shape. It still look as a tetrahedron.
  • Good: small details (e.g. rounded angles)
  • Simple but look complicated at the same time


Thank you for reading ?

Polyhedron Dreams. Research [Y1 Foundation: 3D Project2A]


I selected tetrahedron to make my reference model out of sticks.

My first model (reference model)

I was thinking to make something unique, maybe something layering, other than using simple shapes like triangles, circles and rectangles which I originally experimenting on.

I researched on layering sculptures in Pinterest:


Interactive Installation (left image)

Foam board staircase sculpture (right image)


On that night when I was researching, there was a huge mosquito in my parents’ room, kept ‘buzzing’. We battled with it with a mosquito swatter and tried finding something that could drive away it.

The mosquito coil came to my mind:

A Mosquito Coil

I researched on how the mosquito coil can extend and form a cone:



That’s the end of my research. I then started exploring ideas by experimenting.

Manipulated Found Object. Submission [Y1 Foundation: 4D]

Final Idea: Contradiction


Long Bean is good for health, with high nutrient value. Many children do not like eating long beans. Parents often force their children to eat them as it benefits growth. When I was small, my parents forced me to eat long beans too. This idea contradicts with adults who smoke. Adults know cigarette is unhealthy but they are still addict to it. This shows how adults are contradicting themselves in their lives.

Manipulated Found Object. Process [Y1 Foundation: 4D]

In this project, we are manipulating a found object in a way it conveys a meaning message.

Reference Artist: Marin Roller


First Idea: Addiction

Cigarette box + Fries, Ashtray + Tomato Sauce 

When I was small, I always pretended I was smoking with the french fries. Fries and cigarette are both addictive ‘unhealthy’ things.

Feedback: Both are ‘unhealthy’ objects so the contract between the two is not big. Try to construct idea with a object which people think is healthy but actually not really. For example, certificate and cigarette box. Certificate is desired by everyone in the society, especially employers. But is certificate so important that an already skilled and qualified person have to spend years to study in a university just to satisfy the requirement set by the society?


Idea Development :

Cigarette box + Long Beans (photoshopped)

Crafting Process to create the final artwork

Advertisement Analysis [Y1 Foundation: 4D]

This is a McDonalds advertisement in Singapore. 

Image from:

Google Slides available below:


First Impression:

  • Delicious, freshly made, juicy meat
  • Want to try the new products

Use of colours/tone:

  • Bright and colourful image,
  • Variety of colours: red, pink, green, brown
  • Implies optimistic atmosphere

The wooden tray, table and the burgers are all brown, therefore leading viewers to focus onto the brightest brown of the burgers.

Background/ connoted message:

  • Grassland, Food on wooden table
  • Linked to: Picnic, Farm, Sources of their new products are from farm->freshly made

Green of the grassland is the complementary colour of brown, contrasting the main objects in this image.

Choice of Containers:

  • Wooden tray(raw material), glass cup, iron container for fries
  • Linked to: High quality food

More appealing to viewers when compared to plastic containers that we usually see in McDonalds.

Words/ denoted messages:

The caption is in brown-red that is in same tone with burgers, table and tray.

  • Brown-red highlight contrasts with the white bolded and capitalize letters-> eye catching
  • To bring out the intention of this ad: come to McDonalds and buy their NEW products
  • linguistic message directs exact information intended to be given to the viewers
  • Labels are less important (name of the products)->in smaller font size.

Placement of food/ connoted message:

  • Main food in front: burgers are the most attractive new products, thus are the focus
  •  Burgers are richer in colour compared to fries and McFlurry( the meat, veggie, cheese and bread)       ->shows the juicy meat to attract potential customers
  • Fries and McFlurry are out of focus


Thank you for reading ?


My 1st Post

Hellooooo to Harry.