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Foster

Developments of family bond have always been a significant concern in Singapore as it is the pillar and building blocks of her society. However, there has been recent notions that Singapore family ties are getting weak and fragile.

Foster is a project concern with parent-child interactions in early developments of family life, introducing a new experience in the process of food making to early childhood families as a recreational activity that aspires to foster family bonds within our present constraints.

Foster uses food preparation as a potential medium to imbue collaborative and creative experiences between parent-child from the food making process.

In Search of Memory

In Search of Memory explores how a visual approach on Life Review Therapy can be used to increase life satisfaction for young adults. Through reconstructing life stories and re-evaluating the fond memories, it serves to provide a therapeutic reflection on thoughts, patterns, and behaviors.

The Mayfly Project – an investigative initiative on ephemera

As designers, we conceptualise ideas, and design various items, memorabilia and collateral to fit projects that are often specific and time-sensitive. This inevitably creates a pool of ephemera that with their limited shelf life, turn into waste after their projects are over.
Hence, the Mayfly Project aims to highlight this issue and encourage designers to consider the lifespan of their design work – and what they can do to extend it.

Beholding the Tao

The Tao (道) is the Way in which the universe goes on, the Way in which things everlastingly emerge, into space and time. All of Beauty, Nature and the known universe conforms to it; it is the Truth, Law and doctrine of the Absolute. It is also the Way which every man should walk in imitation of that super-cosmic progression, conforming all activities to that great exemplar. This project is a contemplation on how the wise man does not strive against the Tao- that the proud man in his pomp will ultimately lose. He should therefore tread with a sober view of himself, to yield to the Tao, and seek to live in the Tao- for a fruitful and joyful life.

Excess Baggage

Parents very often want the best for their children. However, these good intentions may not necessarily translate well into how they raise their children. What these parents deem to be well-intentioned may actually be harmful to the development of the child, be it in terms of their mental health or interactions. In more extreme cases, this behaviour may be termed as toxic parenting. In such a case, the implications on the child may even last well into adulthood. This project, titled ‘Excess Baggage’, intends to investigate why and how toxic parenting behaviours are executed, and to analyse the impact it has on children and society at large.

Having experienced toxic parenting, this project also seeks to document the author’s personal journey of confrontation, self-reflection, revision, and recovery through significant milestones and events in her life. In so doing, the author hopes to bring the viewer along in her journey as she comes to terms with the impact of toxic parenting in her life, and as she begins to heal from her experiences.