To Hand, To Hold, To Lift, To Fill

Graphic- and typedesigners have the competence to see the negative space between the letters. 

Those spaces are called counter-shapes. The hole between the handle of a teacup is also determined by its positive and negative spaces, which are essential for the definition of any shape. When filling this empty hole and looking at the appearing shape, it becomes something else. But, how big should be the hole, so fingers can fit between it? The way that hands are used for lifting the handle varies from person to person, depending on the length and thickness of the fingers. It is all about the empty space…

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My project consists of three parts:

1. Ten 3D printed copies of teacups handles’ negative spaces. The holes are arranged by the years when the teacups were created (beginning from 1782 till 2010). It is interesting to follow the range or continuum of possible hybrids of the holes’ shapes.


The exhibition also includes brochures where can be found photos and descriptions of all the holes and their original cups.


Brochure front side:

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Brochure back side (eight different posters):

2. Series of posters is about playing with negative and positive shapes of the teacups’ negative spaces by using techniques of repetition of shapes, sizes and textures. “The interralitionships of the forms produce different spatial effects.“ – Wucius Wong.

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3. One of the ten’s handles’ negative shapes’ duplicated and presented in a bigger scale, as a sculpture. The reason for that was to bring the attention to an imperfection of a circle, which forms the following cross-section. Also, comparing to the other shapes, the irregularity of the form emerges.

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Graduation project in the graphic design department.

Tutors: Ranno Ait, Indrek Sirkel

Technical support: Ulla Alla, Pärtel Eelmere

I am glad to announce, that my graduation project was chosen by the legendary art critic Eha Komissarov, who is Kumu Art Museum of Estonia curator and won an award in TASE’15 exhibition. The delight message can be read here.

Estonian Academy of Arts, 2015