SCULPTURE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ME to learn to use tools, materials, and skills in a way not utilized in graphic design. I enjoy the possibilities within craftwork and the escape from the computer. It’s a rare opportunity for me to build with my hands rather than from pixels and vectors.
I don’t purchase magazines often (which is completely un-Christen of me, my mother and sister are the magazine queens), but during a visit to the bookstore a few months ago my eyes landed on CMYK Magazine’s “Special issue: Typography” and I knew it was fate. I bought it in a jiffy.
Being that I have an unhealthy fascination with typography, and also that I love found objects, this typeface by young designer Eunjung Yoo really captivated me. It’s made of plastic forks! Brilliant. More of Yoo’s design here.
One of the most gorgeous ampersands I’ve ever seen — ever — from a typeface found on dafont, “Fontleroy Brown.” Who knew this kind of typographic beauty could be free (though beware of many horrendous ‘faces)!
I’ve been using this font liberally. Yum yum in my designing belly.
Last spring I began to further explore the notion of melding the two realms of sculpture and graphic design — handcraft and text. Previously text was something I’d only explored and manipulated in Illustrator. I created my first text-driven sculptural installation titled Love, Mom, a 9-foot sculpture of suspended paper cubes—”pixels”—in a pixelated rendering of my mom’s signature. This September I continued along the same path, opening the semester with Seriously, a handmade sign of a common expression.
A lot of detail goes into graphic design, and even more goes into translating graphics into three dimensional objects. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Seriously started on the computer, each letter enlarged and printed to size, hand cut with a nibbler and finished with a cutoff disk, sanded in order to preserve the structural quality and exactness of each letter, painted and sewed together. It was nothing short of a learning experience.
I installed Seriously in the student lounge where it could seriously make a statement, and photographed it this past week for my semester portfolio.