Structure Testing Dummy 01

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

This structure-testing dummy is called 2 sides.

I’m studying the cultural difference and combination of the east and the west. Binding of the book is one kind of difference in these two different book cultures. I would like to combine these two kinds of binding together.

The traditional books in these 2 cultures are very different. In the West, the book is very heavy with very heavy materials and paper. So, I combined 20 booklets to form this book and a hard cover is used. As this is a symbol of knowledge and wisdom, the book should be strong and heavy. And on the surface, the book is conservation and tradition but it’s different when you look inside. There are lots of small booklets inside this book. If you see the bigger pages outside as the mother, the small booklets will be sons. If you see the outlook as the traditional culture, the small booklets would be the sub-culture that is very funny, colorful, active, attractive and different. There are small boxes in the booklets; they symbolize “book as a container of knowledge”.

For the Asian parts, I choose to use very different materials and paper. I choose to use light and soft paper. The traditional Chinese books are very soft and light. It is easy to take in hand to read. I used the Asian binding and the oriental fold book format to make the part of the East. I choose to use a variety of write paper, as it is harmonious and peaceful. It is always the philosophy of the scholars in Asia.

If the Western part were strong and masculine, the Eastern part would be soft and feminine. They combined to form the whole world. The concertina/ oriental folded way of book format is used to be the transitional section linking the eastern part and western part together. The two sides can be far away, but they can also be close to each other. Putting this book as a circle form, a world that is divided into two parts. One is the East and one is the West.



















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3 Responses to “Structure Testing Dummy 01”


  1. 1 Ling October 16, 2007 at 7:20 am

    wa…how long have u used to make this dummy? and altogether how many pages?

  2. 2 hei shing October 16, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    i made it for 2 days. and i haven’t counted about the pages. haha! there are 20 signatures for the western book part. actually, i’ve written some concept and developments about this, but i have no time to modify it and post it here. i will do it later.

  3. 3 Ling October 17, 2007 at 8:32 am

    2 days are already quite fast indeed…wanna sign on the Eastern side of ur book too! =)


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Hei Shing
chanheishing@gmail.com

書就是… A Book is…


一片紙不但表現時間,也表現空間。而一片片的紙張組合起來的書就是一個高深的容器,盛滿文字,既能從中不斷汲取智慧,又能裝入無限的智慧。

A piece of paper reflects not only time but also space. Books are formed by binding papers together to become containers of words that serve as a reservoir as well as a spring of wisdom.

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