The project brief was to design a typographic work exploring the theme ‘lost’ and to investigate the widest interpretation of the theme. The practice of foot binding was outlawed in 1911 and became a lost tradition that persisted in China for a millennium. The practice of foot binding has been looked back on as a ghastly and distressing practice, however, the craft and beauty have been overlooked. The focus of this editorial is to emulate the beauty of the tradition. Reflected in the elegantly embroidered silk slippers and the dainty walk of Chinese women. It would also uncover the hidden pain and suffering the women experienced and covered up to please their future husband.
Delighted to be awarded membership into the International Society of Typographic Designers for this project. ■
Exhibited at Translations & Transformations.
—Dragons Tails Conference. 2019.