Third Culture Kids - On-going conversation about finding a sense of belonging in-between cultures.
For many, home refers to an emotional place - somewhere one truly belongs. I, however, was raised in a shifting environment, making me a Third Culture Kid. Like the rest of us, travel is home, and home, is not one but many stops on a rootless journey around the world.
Through this consciousness, I seek to question self-identity, the fundamental meaning of home and my sense of belonging in-between cultures.
A layer of Thermochromic (heat-sensitive) adhesive film is applied over the cover as a medium to express the process and the struggle of a Third Culture Kid going into a new environment, blending in and slowly fading out to go on a next adventure.
There is a current misconception that a TCK is someone who is “lost in transit”, however, this is untrue. In order to break down the communication barriers, IMPRINT redefines the expression of “Third Cultures Kids” to “Citizens of the World” as each place we considered home has left a mark on our identities as individuals and as a community.
Through out the pages, numerous Third Culture Kids around the world shared their stories, experiences and personal perspectives on their unique relationships with the diverse cultures they grew up in.
A simple explanation of each TCK's unique background was presented at the starting page of each story, as well as an Polaroid image of them.
It is an acknowledgement that a TCK’s roots, as flimsy or as widespread they may be, can bring great minds together and bridge diverse cultures. When home cannot be pointed out on a map, we travel, no matter where we are heading next.
Linking back to the editorial cover, a series of polaroid prints are once again designed using thermochromic (heat- sensitive) adhesive film. Through interactions, this design aims to reveal hidden messages from Third Culture Kids.
GDC Graduation Show 2018
IMPRINT is exhibited during the Chelsea College of Arts Graduation Show. A set of polaroids were placed along side the editorial and image instructions to stimulate interaction with the audience.