This work makes use of the 11 most representative plant-dyeing materials in Taiwan. They are presented through the angles of “race” and “life” and categorised into four types of dyeing plants: food ingredients, medicine, aboriginal mountains, and Hakka blue-dye. Realised in different print media, ranging from an elaborately designed book with a Japanese binding to a small information leaflet that unfolds into the form of a flower and an origami work in different forms and colours, they all have four variations for each type of plant. Graphics designed in different styles such as classical botanical illustrations are provided to help describe the purpose and use of those plants, complemented by descriptions and classifications. The design specifies each of the four through a specially developed sign and the main colour corresponding to the herbal ingredients. Origin, tradition and use thus come to the fore in an artistic and highly detailed manner.
Shu-Te University, Kaohsiung City
Chun-Pi Huang, Ching-Ting Huang, Ching-Mei Lin, Pei-Wen Tsai, Department of Visual Communication Design, Shu-Te University
The design of this work scores with its experimental character with which it projects the individual elements. It manages to visualise the traditional topic of natural dyeing plants in a highly modern composition that strikes the eye with both the craftsmanship of the illustration and the special book printing and binding technique.