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Entry for the 10th Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Book Contest. Opening Reception Thursday, February 29th, 2024 Fleet Library, Main Reading Room. Juror: Ian Cozzens BArch 05.


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Book and Paper

Student Status

Graduate student

Year of Graduation



Graphic Design

Faculty / Course

Bethany Johns & Ramon Tejada, Graduate Studio I

Materials + Techniques

Laser cutting on clear frosted acrylic

Student Narrative

This book delves into the linearity of the Chinese language. Unlike English words, where construction and reading occur letter by letter, Chinese characters are perceived hierographically as a unified whole. The linearity of Chinese becomes evident in the writing process, where each character follows a predetermined sequence of strokes, written one after another.

The book offers a depth and dimension by deconstructing characters into strokes, providing a static demonstration of the writing process. The frosted acrylic blurs visibility, encouraging readers to go through the pages step by step to experience the entire writing process. Each page serves as a stencil writing tool, as the acrylic is laser-cut. The book is ring-bound, allowing it to be reversed or rearranged in a circular fashion to showcase strokes being added to or removed from the characters.

Linear Language



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