Unfettered ink: The Writings of Chen Chong Swee

Disciplines

Graphic
Book

Completed in

2017

Client

National Gallery Singapore

Awarded

D&AD Awards 2018 (UK)
Wood Pencil

DFA Design for Asia Awards 2017 (HK)
Merit Award

Golden Pin Design Awards 2017 (TW)
Design Mark

Featured in

Asia-Pacific Design No.13

'Unfettered ink: The Writings of Chen Chong Swee', published by National Gallery Singapore, is a compilation of anecdotes, discourses and essays penned by the fame Nanyang-style watercolour artist, spanning over a 30-year period.
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Synopsis

To express his art as a visual extension to his literary depth, a sliver of Chen Chong Swee's sketch are sequentially printed on the edge of each page of 'Unfettered ink'. When a reader lightly presses the book to flip, the sketch is then made visible in a surprising way.

This gesture expresses, unfettered by medium, the intimate relationship between his art and literary thoughts.

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Dual-language

The book comes in both English and Chinese languages, which allow a second piece of his sketch to be revealed when flipped in reversed side.

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Layout & Typography
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