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issue 45 - August/September 2018
CURVE magazine cover August/September 2018


by Chulan Kwak

Caoshu, Chinese cursive brush writing, is the most abbreviated typeface in calligraphy. The free flow resembles the appearance of a dragon that seems to fly through the sky. Chulan Kwak, inspired by this movement, restructured the 2D stroke of Caoshu into a 3D structure. Kwak created a 'Cursive Structure' that creates a contrast between the object and a margin of space that changes according to the viewpoint. Kwak applied the techniques of paper craft to woodwork.

He first created the form through 3D software and then unfolded it to extract an accurate drawing. He then precisely cut thin and bendable plywood with a CNC machine to join the edges of each part. Through the combination of the digital tool and craftsmanship, Kwak was able to create the solid forms of free curves in the real world, just as they are made in the virtual space. They pieces were finished after dyeing with Muck (the ink used for Chinese brush writing) to form a deep black color.

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