Asian Themed Shadow Box

3 years ago

I had to do a shadow box/mini window display for my first project in one of my fashion classes. this is how i originally did it. I changed a little bit of it but I wont be able to show you till we get the projects back. Here is what I wrote about my shadow box to help explain why I incorporated everything i did.

Iv always been fascinated by Asian culture and I am inspired by their fashion when I am creating my own clothing designs. At first I was going to stick to just Japanese culture but I am inspired by all the cultures in Asia so I wanted to pull inspiration from a few different ones and combine them. I incorporated a hanbok a traditional Korean dress as my garment and main focus for this shadow box. I decided on the Korean dress because it was Korean culture that first got me interested in all of Asian culture and fashion. The hanbok is a simple garment that has vibrant colors and simple lines and is worn during formal traditional events.
I also included a replica of a hand fan that I had in my collection, I feel like this gives the background something simple but still show a relatable object. I added bamboo into the project because it is an economical and cultural part of Southern Asia. It represents longevity and is what they relate to one of their four seasons and in Confucian ideology. Another meaning of bamboo in Asian society is the second-class rank in social class. Because I decided to bring all the Asian cultures together I decided to represent their religion with a Buddha because the people from Korea, Japan, Vietnam and so on all harmonize Buddhism with their other religions such as I-Kuan Tao which is practiced in Taiwan, Caodaism in Vietnam; Chondogyo in Korea, and Oomoto in Japan.
I see the maneki-neko or the beckoning cat everywhere in Asian restaurants and stores. Its a Japanese lucky charm usually made of ceramic, so I had to add one of these in my display. Typically they are displayed at the entrance in shops or restaurants, they are most commonly white, black, or gold. Although it is originally Japanese it is also found amongst Chinese merchants as well. I see the Chinese zodiac calendar in many Asian restaurants as well and I know from friends of mine that in many parts of Asia when you are born that year is given an animal and you are then associated with its attributes and when that animal comes back in another year you are celebrated. This still remains popular in areas such as China, Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. The cycles are divided in 12 parts and correspond with years and traditionally start with the rat. Each animal also corresponds with an element, some sharing the same one.
For the lighting of my display I didnt want anything to bright but I still wanted it to relate to my theme so I decided to make a paper lantern like lighting. I took tea lights and covered them with origami blow up balls to give the effect of a hanging lantern. I still wanted the light to show through so I stuck with a sheer white paper. These lanterns come in so many different shapes and are made in so many different ways and are more common in China and Japan. They are used in festivals and in shops; the different types of lanterns represent different social classes and are symbolic for different things.

Itemized Budget
Already had fan, ribbon, black paint, and red paper at home
Tracing paper $3.19
Tealights $7.99
Zodiac Medallion .99 cents
Lucky cat $3.49
Buddha $7.99
Honbok Doll $4.99
Shadow box $14.99
Totaling $46.25 including tax

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