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The Alphabet

TYPE FORAGE

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Forage

FANCY PLANTS

Forest Floor is an experimental type project that I created using debris foraged from Seattle's Discovery Park. My friends and I spent a day in early spring collecting branches, leaves, trash, flowers, and really just anything that aroused our individual curiousities. As with some of my previous attempts at typographic experimentation, i wanted to give those involved as little guidance, and as much freedom as possible, during the gathering process, as I myself had not established a clear vision of the how the project would manifest. Somewhere in my subconscious a hypothesis was coalescing though.


As the day progressed, I began toying with some letter configurations while still in the field, using some of the elements we had collected. This began to inform the direction that the project would eventually follow, and things began to solidify in my mind. After covering a significant portion of the extensive park, we had collected a gratifying array of organic and inorganic matter, ranging from very small to quite large. We had filled a military issue alice pack, as well as several plastic containers, my pockets were brimming, and my hands were full. I was sure I had enough, so it was on to the assembly portion of the project.

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Forged

BIOLOGICALLY ENGINEERED

Upon arriving home, I was able to further assess my collection of twigs, sticks, bark, leaves, and the innumerable bugs I had just introduced into their new habitat: my living room. I experimented with some letter forms in an attempt to begin the rough framework of the visual language I hoped to concoct. I had originally thought that I would put most of what I had collected to good use, but soon found that certain items more readily lent themselves to the construction of my alphabet. The biggest deciding factor was, expectedly, the scale of the items. In order for everything to hang together cohesively, and in an effort to retain greater control of the photographic portion of the project, things needed to be similarly sized.


Also some of the sticks I had chosen earlier were specifically for their serif like qualities. Chunks of bark made great stems, leaves filled gaps, flowers (which i most likely wouldn't have had at my disposal had it not been for the female contingent of the foraging party) made great accents and lent certain letters some individuality. I also had a handful of "ornaments" that I tried to incorporate into many of the letters: a jar of balm, some miniture seed cones, a bindle of grass, and a fern frond. Creating the curved bowls and counters was accomplished through the strategic use of arched pine cones for the most part. After I travelled from A to Z, by round about way of similarly shaped letters, I looked through the images I had collected and reworked some of the letters I had attempted early on, ensuring that they maintained concinity with the rest. I was slightly anxious the entire time, as my process and limited resources demanded that I dismantle each letter after photographing it. I just kept my fingers crossed that the lighting and angle and proportion of the letters were all going to fit when I sat down at the computer for post-production. The result is what you see above, so you can be the judge of that, although I will say I was quite pleased, as were the rest of the gatherers, with the fruits of our labors.

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Artist

HUNTER GATHERER

Kevin "Knives" Cutler was born and raised on a wheat farm in Nine Mile Falls, WA. Here he subconsiously learned a deep apprectiation for the land, physical exertion, and vast solitude, while harboring a strong desire to explore a life more cultured, chaotic, and cacophonous. He now resides in Seattle, WA, which is a pleasant blend of both. His travels have taken him as far as china, as well as deep into the caverns of his own psyche. He has lived in Los Angeles, Beijing, Spokane, and Bellingham, and has found something wonderful everywhere he has been. He is currently a student at the prestigous Academy of Creative Arts on the fifth floor of Seattle's Central Community College, where he is studying Design in all, or many, of its incarnations. He is particularly fond of web-design, UI/UX illustration, the wonderful world of typography, and pretty much anything else that involves creative problem solving.

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