Project Deconstruction

(This assignment is written by the third person)

This assignment is using my LP to document, look back on a project from last semester and consider in detail why and how my project was made, less as the maker and more as someone researching how it was made. Consider all the outside stimulus that may have influenced this project and conduct an analysis of the materials used and what they mean and where they came from.

Project from last semester:

This project is showing a conversation between my partner and me. We selected ten pictures we have taken based on our theme “Urban” to create a short zine. Keeping my images in the order in which the ‘conversation’ happened. And we used the found poem we created in Seminar class. (We used risograph.) Furthermore, we layout (arrange the images and text), print and assemble a small booklet.

She should start to do the work earlier to make sure the quality is the best she can do. She was a bit disappointed with her that she didn’t try my best on this project. But the 3D layers book is interesting, and she got some of the positive feedback from my classmate.

Materials she has used: Photography, Bristol paper, Tracing paper, Brown String, Hole puncher, Ink, and foam tape.


1. Taking pictures

She used Photoshop to take off other colors, and just keep one color on the image.

Reason: She thinks it’s pretty interesting and stands out from the other pictures.

Need to Improve: Some of the colors looks a bit weird and didn’t process really good.

Strength: The colors do stands out and created good views.

2. Printing Pictures:

She used the printer to print the images. She chose Bristol paper 14*17 inches.

Reason: It’s hard enough for me to create pops out layers and it’s not easy to break.

Things Need to Improve:

1. It took such a long time to print, I’ll try to do it as soon as possible.

2. The quality of the image is really good. Color changed from what she sees on the computer. she may change to another printer.


1. The paper is hard and created a really good texture and thickness.

2. The size is uniform and stayed in a good size.

3. Creating Layers

This is the side look of the zine.

As you can see there are many layers, and she used thick foam tape.

The tape created thick layers, and she thinks it works really well.

she used three layers to created it.

The first layer is the smallest paper,  the second one builds up a perspective in the artwork, and the last layer is the full image to be the base.

4. Printing Text

She used risograph to printed the found poem on the tracing paper. she wanted to use plastic paper, which can show the transparency but it doesn’t work on the risograph printing machine.

Reason: she wants to show the transparency on the paper.

Need to improve: The tracing paper is really vulnerable, she may try to use another transparent material instead of tracing paper.

Strength: Shows the transparency, and the gold text looks really gorgeous.

If she can Re-do it:

I’ll like to use transparent plastic paper instead of tracing paper. She wanted to do this in the beginning but she was not able to print on the transparent plastic paper base on many unexpected issues. Secondly, she may like to change the cover page which she used two black hard cardboard. It looks too plain in my opinion. She wanted to find another material to replace it. Finally, I’ll like to change the string which linked every component together. She was not satisfied with the color and the quality of the string. It doesn’t combine them great and it looks a bit lame.

Additional “new” research:


Foam board: Foamcore, foam board, or paper-faced foam board is a lightweight and easily cut material used for mounting of photographic prints, as backing for picture framing, for making scale models, and in painting.

UV printer: The UV printer uses a UV reactive substrate that can harden on most surfaces. It requires a concentrated UV light to harden the substrate, meaning you can not print on highly reflective surfaces. Besides that it can print on most flat surfaces. The printer uses a CMYKLK color scheme to print (meaning it can print full color),

I may like to use a laser printer to print on foam board to create the thickness by itself and use the UV printer to print on it since foam board is a special material which can not be printed in the normal laser printer. I may like to go to the Design Lab to explore about it.

Artist Research:


  • Colette Fu received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, and soon after began devising complex compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the West Collection and many private and rare archive collections. In 2014, Fu attended a 6-month artist residency at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, where she continued her “We are Tiger Dragon” project, an extensive visual exploration of China’s ethnic minorities. There she also designed China’s largest (1 spread) pop-up book measuring 2.5 x 5 x 1.7 meters high. In October 2017, Colette created the world’s largest – Tao Hua Yuan Ji, a 13.8 x 21 feet pop up book that people could enter, at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.


My Theme: Environment

This is the picture I took in the metro station which showing the steel frames. In my opinion, this feature can emphasize the industrialization of New York City and the symbol of NYC. I want to show the urbanization to show how’s the urban landscape looks like, and compare & reflect on the rural area.


I didn’t think about to look back and do the deconstruction to the projects I have done. This was a really interesting project which I can reflect on myself more than the reflection I have written for that artwork. It’s more meaningful and I have learned myself more. The most challenging part is to memorize the details of the art piece from the last semester since it was from a few months before and it’s been hard to record. But the lucky thing is I wrote the process on my notebook which gives me a chance to look back. I get more ideas after this project, and I feel like doing artworks based on this. I will definitely like to explore your ideas from this project in the future. Firstly, crafting is something I like to do and I like to show the pieces to the audience in three dimensional way. Secondly, I am an eco-friendly person and I really willing to communicate with other human beings in using the artworks.


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