As a long-time Chinese calligraphy practitioner since kindergarten, I have always been fascinated by its beauty. The Chinese writing we use is the crystallization of the wit from at least the past 3500 years, from oracle bone script to regular and cursive script that we use today. What interests me the most is the techniques used to create these different styles of the characters as well as what caused the change in style. Therefore, in this project, I did not only focus on the change of shapes of the characters but more on the usually undiscussed techniques behind them and the character style relate to each historic era it exists in.
Through a research-intensive process, I tried to understand the development of Chinese characters in the context of history. My main resources are history books, ancient dictionaries and rubbings of calligraphic writings from rocks. I also watched a few documentaries of the process behind making these characters.
This is a self-initiated project intended to explore and showcase the diversity within and the glamour of Chinese calligraphy culture. My classmates, professors, and my calligraphy teacher applauded the poster series. I also used it as one of my major portfolio pieces and got accepted by several top design schools, including SVA, ArtCenter, SAIC, etc.