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Handmade Type – Typographic Experiment

This is a self-initiated typographic experiment that explores the relationships between upper-case letters and lower-case letters, and also records the transformation between them.

In this experiment,Tien-Min Liao drew shapes with ink on one or both of my hands, manipulating my gestures into the corresponding shape to signify an upper-case letter. Then, using the same shape on my hands, she manipulated her gesture or changed the perspective through which the shape is viewed in orderto transform the upper-case letter to a lower-case of the same letter. Removingor redrawing the darkened shape on her hands is not allowed in the experiment. The only way to make the model transform from an upper-case to a lower-case (orvice versa) is changing the gestures or the perspectives.

She created 26 sets of these inked shapes and drew them on her hands.Each set is made to create both an upper-case and a lower-case letter, such as A and a. She also created some italic letters, hand-writing letters and some new typefaces with the same shapes.












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