’cause it’s Christmas with Ying Zhen

I came across these fantastic cards on the NUS Coop e-store. They are designed by Ying Zhen, a final year Industrial Design student from the National University of Singapore. Find out how they were made …

“The ring pattern on the greeting card is created from the application of chromatography using the tree extract obtained from boiling the tree branches. Chromatography is a method of separating a mixture by passing it in solution or suspension through a medium in which the components move at different rates. For each successive layer, the number of drops used was reduced and over 3,000 drops was placed in creating the pattern. Two designs were produced using the branches of Rain tree and Tembusu tree which were found within the campuses of National University of Singapore. Although the process of creating each of them is laborious, the end result never fails to intrigue me. Each pattern seems to have a life of its own, which has an uncanny resemblance to tree rings that grows with age as if the tree is making a drawing to unveil memories that is deeply rooted within its core.”

Make sure to watch the video showing the process of making the rings. Awesome!



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