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Allegorical Bodies – Editorial Design

Allegorical Bodies – A Genealogy of Folds is a perspective on time, and its effects on the unfolding of human life. Using poetry or poetic expression as a central thread, it portrays the story of life from birth to death, and how our identities evolve within that time frame. One of the main themes is cycles and repetition, explored in the form of a series of concrete poetry interpretations.

Traces – Editorial Design

Movements come and go, they are ephemeral and they get forgotten. Traces is a publication that questions how a gesture can be recorded and revived. It explores the interaction between the object and the reader, shaped by the publication: the large format forces the reader to move in what is almost a replication of the movement that was made to create the images in the first place.

(A repetition of a series of movements, arms covered in paint so traces of the movement remain. The pattern is described by the black lines)

To Move (To Be) – Editorial Design

To Move (To Be), Vol I and II were inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic motion studies or studies of movement. When we move, we fold our bodies, and movement involves the unfolding of time and the unfolding of the body through time. Because identity is acquired through experiences and experiences are lived through the body, you move and thus you are. Things are given meaning through the body. Each publication is a compilation 200 frames existing simultaneously.

Sademena – Typeface Design

Sademena is an uppercase humanist-inspired typeface with a contemporary finish. An amalgamation of the old and the new, it features rounded shapes, open forms and a higher modulation. The display typeface, designed for titles and headlines, is also greatly expressive: an organic but contrasted expanding and contracting of the strokes, and wide alternates used to create a rhythm.

Folds, the Body and the Self – Editorial Design

Folds, the Body and the Self is a publication exploring the relationship between folds and identity using print as a sensory experience. By not distinguishing shapes but focusing on the texture, it introduces the concept of haptic visuality or tactile based vision, where the eyes function as organs of touch.

The book draws a self portrait through the lens of folds, where the body is reimagined as a landscape. Sight and touch become both interchangeable and complementary.  It also explores the idea of intimacy: when we touch something or someone, we are touched back, and that exchange creates an intimate connection. The format also plays a role, because it is quite small, the reader tends to lean forward towards the book, which makes the position more intimate as well.

The text on the cover is purposely difficult to read; the focus becomes touch and the reader will “see” by touching. The book is printed on uncoated, tactile paper. The images are accompanied by a short text where “see” and “feel” work interchangeably.