finalist DENES Award , 2008
The Bags of Laughter and Forgetting
(Exploration into New Grid Systems)
Bag prototypes, 31x36cm
Silkscreen print and washable markers
My ongoing project and research is focused on the modularity of language by making a parallel with the possible existing modularity within the Roman and the Cyrillic alphabet. As a result, I have been involved in the creation of modular font and grid system where all the letters are designed in accordance with one `containing` shape. In contrast, the thinking was such that the repetition within typography and text could be treated as a pattern in itself, and perhaps emerge as a “meaningful” pattern. Uniting the two ideas, I designed a grid system by repeating the “containing” shape over and over again until it become a pattern, allowing the user to fill it in with text. Parallel to the design of the specific grid, a fitting typeface was designed, so that the grid now offers the possibility to write all lowercase letter shapes in its contours.
The Bags of Laughter and Forgetting are some of the prototypes where the function of this grid system can be seen in an amusing manner, where the concepts of forgetting and remembering are being touched upon. They are imagined as reminders in the daily life, where their owner can design them each time, by writing down something they need not to forget. Even though the bags are private objects, they gain a new life in the public where visible to many people, the ideas they carry are open to associations and can be re-defined. The owner however, has to be aware of that and in some cases might want to come up with certain codes, handwriting or new language readable and legible to her/him only, just as the concept of the grid in itself suggests.
17. 12. 2009 10:03:47
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