arts and crafty
Even though the Furrie and Shortie comics are my crudely drawn images, the actual design and production quality of Issue 1 were anything but crude - J’s meticulous and fastidious work. Issue 1 was printed on sustainable and textured paper from RJ, thread sewn with an exposed bind, and shrink wrapped with a hard board.
The designers for Issue 2 and 3 (thank you Sean Tiang and Koh Wei Ting, respectively) continued in the same vein. For Issue 3, we decided to push it further with a full-colour print for the whole book, plus 3 fold-out spreads. I wanted this series to end in a manner that was respectful of its balck-and-white minimalism, but also different. Why shouldn't it end in full colour
Unlike J, I am very lo-fi. He called me “arts and craft” (it wasn’t meant to be a compliment). While our tastes are similar, we differed in our sensibilities. The designer in him considered and wanted absolute control over everything. I am happy to let the process play out with all its quirks since they are by my hand. C’est la vie!
The packaging for the "Wrap Around my heart" Furoshiki/scarf/bandana and the "Walk and Half" hankies, as well as the brown paper bags and the drinks coupons are all made from art material and stuff I have amassed. They also recycled the last batch of name cards for ampulets that J designed.
This last namecard design is my fave. The 1st 2 namecards (2007-10) were cute and played on the idea of ampulets as a nonsense/made up word. The 3rd and the 4th (2011-15) were simple duplex cards (he used squared lined notebooks all the while), one blind embossed and the other with the ampulets name more clearly stamped. Then came the 5th (2016-18) printed on a subtly patterned translucent paper, and in a gatefold with each layer revealing something different: the first being "ampulets" in English, then "安普樂" the Chinese name of the studio, and finally the studio's contact details.