HOUSE OF
CARDS

​〜古今文様見本箱〜

Design Class Final Assignment   

[Spring 2018]

Students were assigned to create 16 double sided cards (4in×6in) that reflect a given list of design themes as well as tell a personal narrative and to create a housing for them.  

 

Concept

I focused on the renewal of the kimono pattern as my narrative. Since my childhood, I love to learn about the patterns of traditional kimono and to research about the tales and wishes related to each patterns. However, as a member of Japanese young generation, I also have felt the difficulty of starting or joining the actual kimono community due to the expensive pricing and exclusivity of the industry. The closed entrance will decrease the number of newcomers, and it will eventually cause the decline of the community or even the culture itself. 

My goal here is to create a wide-opened gate for the young generation, while maintaining the traditional meaning of the originals. This box of pattern swatches is meant to be a preservation of tradition and an opportunity for the young Japanese people to feel the joy of learning about their origin, culture, and history.

Idea sketches and brainstorming

Idea sketches and brainstorming

Inspirations: WAFRICA by Serge Mouangue (left)

Stripe by KIIRO (right)

 

Design

I decided to put the modern pattern design on the front and the traditional pattern design on the back of the card, intending that new is rooted on old. I referred to the modern color palettes from trends different fields, such as apparel design, web design, and book cover design.

Proportion

Contemporary

Geometry

Ornamentation

Symmetry

Harmony

Organic

Itricacy

Uniformity

Experimental

Modern

Simplicity

Magnitude

Subtle

Movement

Asymmetry

 

Samples

The sectioning and the tilted display is inspired by Japanese kashiori box, the fancy container for sweets.

The sleeves made by semi-transparent acetate sheet have description of the pattern in English and Japanese

The housing is made of 3/4in plywood with laser cutting letters on it. 

 

Methods

Laser cutting process

Printing on fabric was executed by UV printer. The fabric material is cotton linen.

 

References

"Birth." Wafrica, the 3rd Esthetic. Accessed July 07, 2018. http://www.wafrica.jp/.

"KIIRO." KIIRO. Accessed July 07, 2018. http://kiiro-kimono.com/.

"Illustratorジャパンメソッド" 井上のきあ/MDNコーポレーション