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Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition

September 5, 2014

Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition

Master Tang was born 1921 in Ningbo City, he began studying calligraphy under his first mentor which was appointed by his father at six years old in Nanjing. He later studied traditional Chinese painting to further master the art. I was delighted to be asked to design for Master Tang, for the design of his […]

Farewell Steve! Inventor, Typographer & Calligrapher

October 6, 2011

Farewell Steve! Inventor, Typographer & Calligrapher

I have never paid any attention to anything Steve had to say… I only knew he was a great guy who transformed Apple to become the most valuable company in the US, but never knew that he was involved with calligraphy and typography 10 years before he stepped into the technology world. “It was the first […]

Graphic Design as Art – Part 4/6

August 17, 2010

Graphic Design as Art – Part 4/6

50cm x 100cm, digital print on canvas Visual Works on Close Up Yiyi finally decided to choose Music over Medicine as her studies at the University of Canterbury. Music is what she is passionate about, but Medicine is something she is really good at; it was a difficult decision as my dad really wanted her […]

Graphic Design as Art – Part 3/6

August 14, 2010

Graphic Design as Art – Part 3/6

Permanent UV ink on canvas, 50cm x 100cm, scroll bound contemporary Chinese style Visual Work – Sections on Close Up Chinese character for ‘Learn’ ‘學’. The bottom part of this character is ‘Child’,  ‘子’, a child with knowledge on top of his/her head. Please observe the 2 crosses within the top brackets, I picked up […]

Graphic Design as Art – Part 2/6

August 12, 2010

Graphic Design as Art – Part 2/6

Permanent UV ink on canvas, 50cm x 100cm, scroll bound contemporary Chinese style Visual Work – Sections on Close Up Chinese Pictograph for ‘Fly’ ‘飛’ As you can see the character is a drawing of a bird. Introduction to Chinese Calligraphic Scripts (Chinese Fonts) Chinese character for ‘Home’ ‘家’ 1. 篆書 Chuan-Shu (Seal Script) This […]

Graphic Design as Art – Part 1/6

July 22, 2010

Graphic Design as Art – Part 1/6

When I say ‘Graphic Design as Art’, I mean there is no ‘Client’ involved in the process of making, and there is ‘No Commercial Value’ in the work produced, and most importantly, there is no one I need to please apart from myself! This is the visual representation of  my written work completed in 2000. […]

A Typographic Journey to Tainan

April 10, 2010

A Typographic Journey to Tainan

Purpose We have been given an opportunity to meet with a Tainan local artist, Tsai Yu – a well known painter specializing in oil painting, Chinese calligraphy,  jewelery design and ceramic tile works. Her work focuses on the pictorial aspect of the Chinese typography, using Chinese characters as images to play roles in her story […]

What are Chinese name chops?

November 21, 2009

What are Chinese name chops?

What are Chinese Name Chops (name seals)? What? Lamb chops? No, not something you bought out of a butcher shop, a name chop is developed in ancient Chinese times to symbolize and validate a person’s identity. A name chop is an artefact hand crafted out of a choice of beautiful precious stones; the full name […]

Chinese Typo-graphy

October 29, 2009

Chinese Typo-graphy

Chinese characters were originally drawings of objects (pictographs), but during the course of history they have been refined that they are now abstract and many of them are no longer recognizable as images. By putting the image quality back into a character, the character can then be read as an image again and can therefore also be understood by people with different language backgrounds. Universality thus re-established.

Chapter 3 – Learning English

October 25, 2009

Chapter 3 – Learning English

After what seemed like the happiest time of my life, it was time to go back to school, only this time it was worse because I had little English. At first it was like a Panda trying to talk to a Kiwi bird, with question marks popping up comically. It was frustrating but nevertheless, an […]