Printing in the Far East

2019

‘Printing in the Far East’ is an informative animation that aims to consider the importance of Asian cultures in the development of print centuries before printing technologies spread across Europe. In summary, explain the history of print from a non-Western point of view, acknowledging all the contributions made by those who lived and worked before Johannes Gutenberg. 

Each scene is constructed by different vignettes that resemble the typecases used in letterpress to store type and the little square frames printed from actual type recall the typical asian ornamentation found in Asian architecture.

In order to construct a visual narrative that matched the concept of the animation, I coloured all the elements using colour swatches printed using letterpress to obtain a variety of textures and tonalities that can only be achieved in print. The limited colour palette resonates with the colours used in Medieval art.

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