Playing with fire.

I got an old t-shirt to experiment with burning lettering (not the fire extinguisher as a precaution!)


The old t-shirt I used was 100% cotton. I used a torch lighter to control the burning and avoid any injuries. Some of the fabric curled, so there would need to be an underlay of a different coloured fabric to make it stand out, perhaps even stitching around the burnt letters as shown in the sketch below.



It was actually really difficult to control the way the fabric burnt. I had to cut the letters into the t-shirt. In the end, I couldn’t get the lettering style I wanted. In my next experiment with the burning technique, I will cut the lettering out of cloth in the typeface of my choice and then singe the edges. I could also stitch around the letters to make them stand out more.




I explored a few different typeface that I could use in the Word and Meaning project and came up with a few options to experiment with.



Above is a preview of the font Sansita (Cosgaya, 2015). It appears to be quite a flexible font, with a few different styles to choose from. I thought the ‘feminine’ but bold look of the italic bold style would be appropriate as it would be more visible if burnt or sewn into fabric. Below is what the typeface would look like with my assigned word. The style used for these was bold italic.

The font is sans serif, and even the uppercase letters have tails and characters such as the V have a slight swash.

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Absender (Polifroni, 2011) was another interesting font with a subtle femininity that I thought would look bold enough to be readable on some of the concept sketches.

This typeface only has the option of uppercase, and I was a bit skeptical about the letter spacing, but this can be adjusted. I like the bold lettering but the edges of the characters don’t appear as smooth as I would like them to be.

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Arabic Curves

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I thought this was a fascinating typeface created by Kim (2013). I originally wanted to write the word Proven in Arabic, but upon discussing this with the tutor, I decided against it. This typeface, however, may be a good compromise. I find the joins, and the crossbar on the A really interesting. It would be difficult to burn this typeface into fabric, but stitching it would have a better effect.

I really liked the final effect of this typeface when I experimented with the word. I thought it was interesting that the shape of the N is in lowercase style.

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Cosgaya, P. (2015). Sansita. Retrieved 25 July 2016, from

Kim, K.H. (2013). Arabic Curves. Retrieved 25 July 2016, from

Polifroni, N. (2011). Absender. Retrieved 25 July 2016, from .

Concept sketches

I sketched some ideas from my brainstorming and these were some of the results.

The two directions I have come up with are:

  1. Proven in the context of scientific theory. The way cloth drapes and falls in the context of gravity is one idea.
  2. Proven in a social context – specifically in the context of Muslim women being ‘proven’ to be oppressed or marginalised due to the burqa.

However, I will be adding more as I come up with interesting concepts.

Sketch 001

This idea will use the technique of  burning. I will need to experiment with burning techniques to see if I can control the burning enough to form a word that is legible in the end result. Initially, I thought it would be interesting to suspend the burqa from a tree, but I then realised it might be difficult to get the ‘form’ of a female figure if I do it this way. Instead, I thought the idea of wearing the burqa would be better.

The reasoning behind “burning” the words was due to the volatile nature of the topic of the burqa and Islamic feminism, globally.


Sketch 002

This uses the technique of embroidery to embellish the burqa with the word. I thought this was an interesting technique to use as sewing is stereotyped as a ‘female’ activity. I would like to experiment with the sewing machine to stitch letters onto black fabric to see what the best execution would be for this idea


Sketch 003

This concept incorporates the scientific theory. As you can see from my notes, the draped fabric is to be looped around tree branches to form the joints of the words. The issue I have with this concept is that it is too similar to the New York Times ‘T’ piece that inspired it. I have to consider what I can do differently to make this a more original idea.


Artist inspiration

I found some inspiring work by other artists which I’d like to document for inspiration. They have provided me with a variety of ideas on techniques.

Fanny Viollet

I thought Fanny Viollet’s work was quite inspiring as her delicate embroidered letters are held together by a mesh.

lacewordsViollet, F 2004, ‘La mémoire, une dentelle de mots’, [image], Fanny Viollet Works, viewed on 17 July 2016, <>.

Rosemarie Heber Koczÿ

Rosemarie Heber Koczÿ uses an amazing variety of techniques and material and wraps them into interesting forms. I like the idea of using ‘cloth’ to wrap into forms to create typography and this is something I would like to explore further.


Koczÿ, R.H 1972, ‘Trees’, [image], Guggenheim Museum, viewed on 17 July 2016, <>.

Rieko Koga:

I find Koga’s stitched words and numbers on fabric very interesting. I particularly like the staggered nature in which Koga has presented the lines.

Koga, R 2014, ‘1259 – 1230’, [image], Rieko Koga’s Work, viewed on 17 July 2016, <>.

Manipulating ‘Cloth’

In order to think outside the box a little more, I decided to make a list of various ways I could manipulate cloth or fabric. Here’s the list I came up with:

  • Stitching  – hand and machine
  • Ripping/Tearing
  • Folding
  • Patchwork
  • Burning
  • Scrunching
  • Wetting
  • Applying various art mediums/agents such as liquid latex and plaster of paris
  • Weaving (cut strips)
  • Freezing
  • Bleaching
  • Melting
  • Embellishing
  • Embroidering
  • Printing on it/iron on transfer
  • Staining it
  • Draping

I will be carrying out some sketches/studies and some experiments on how some of these techniques will look.

Cloth – more inspiration

I’ve found some more inspiration which relate to my material so I thought I’d collate it all here.


Juncadella, P 2015, ‘Poster design for the event: THE GOOD PAPER CHAIN’, [image], Los Siento Studio, viewed on 15 July 2016, <>.


Mark, B 2011, ‘I could have done this on my MAC’, [image], The Jealous Curator, viewed on 15 July 2016, <>.


Goossens, M 2011, ‘Hair Typography Ginger’, [image], Monique Goossens Typography, viewed on 15 July 2016, <>.



“Cloth” can be interpreted in many ways. A rag, fabric, textile, tablecloth, hessian and even just the metres of thread woven together to make up a piece of cloth.

I have discovered some inspiring images to relate back to “Cloth” both in the context of typography and just generally.



Hoopert, D 2007, ‘The Quick Brown Fox’, [image], in Dan Hoopert’s gallery, Behance, viewed on 14 July 2016, <>.



Xu, H 2007, ‘Fragment No.25’, [image], October Gallery, viewed 14 July 2016, <>.



Yeoman, N, ‘New York Times ‘T”. [image]. Impressive Typographic Artworks Made with Chairs, Scissors, Twigs and Fabric, Designtaxi, viewed 14 July 2016, <>.
clealalaLala, C, ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’, [image], Mood Lettrages, Clea Lala, viewed 14 July 2016, <>.



Chornyak, B 2011. ‘Sewing Machine Type Studies’, [image], Sewing Machine Type Studies, Cargo Collective, viewed 14 July 2016, <>.



I found this to be a challenging exercise. At first I wanted to go the route of “justice” and “criminality” but I thought I would try something different. I have always been a science nerd, so I decided to delve deeper into that. Let’s see where my research takes me…

Proven | Cloth

My name is Anna and the following posts will be a collection of my ideas, my progress and the final outcomes for the Typography unit.

The word and material I have been assigned are Proven and Cloth. This should be an interesting project and I have no idea where it will go but I’m excited to see what I come up with.

Stay tuned!