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An exploration in letter form, tangible objects and space.
“Death” started as a personal exploration in letter form. I wanted to reinterpret a blackletter typeface as a real tangible object. The goal was to not only create a flat silhouette with a simple extrusion but to use the three dimensionality of space as an integral part of the letter. By using tubular shapes for strokes I was able to give the shapes depth and form, the large strokes enveloping the smaller ones and the thin strokes recessing towards the inner parts of the letters.
Facetiously I decided that “death” was the only appropriate word for this typeface, but as I played with it the humour dissipated and I started feeling a certain beauty in the statement and in the forms. Not in the macabre but in the myth, the afterlife. I decided to display the word floating like a spirit, with a swirl taking the viewer inwards. Using coloured gels we were able to photograph the project with pastel coloured lighting to give the whole thing a somewhat ethereal feeling.
The letters were made by hand from a variety of plastics: acrylic, abs, and pla. The back panels jigsawed from wood, and everything meticulously hung from a wire grid. As the parts were handmade no 3d software were used to create the images and only minimal amounts of photoshop were necessary.
Some photos for Captve Jewellery’s most recent collection.
- design, art direction, assembly: Frédéric Bouin
- Photography: Nathan Lang