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A xenophile is a person who is attracted to foreign peoples, cultures, or customs.

Much of this course’s focus so far was about our own individuality and creative use of the Roman alphabet and handwriting for the different mini projects.

For today’s project we are looking at the wider world, and the symbols used by people for communication. There are millions of people who use other languages and writing systems. Here is a selection of them: Khmer, Armenian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Georgian, Russian and Cyrillic , Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Tamil, Inuktitut, Cherokee, Sanskrit, Hindi, Magahi, Rarathi, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Bhil, Konkani, Bhojpuri, Nepali, Gurumukhi, Gujarati script Baybayin (Philipino)

Here is a link to use for inspiration: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/estemacleod/xenophile/?eq=xe&etslf=6685

Creative Process

The variety of different scripts, signs and symbols to inspire shapes and patterns for a project is quite vast. In addition to the modern languages you can also look at ancient scripts and symbols used by people thousands of years ago to use as source material.

Do some research and decide what you would like to focus on for your self-directed project. You can do an asemic project incorporate different mediums. Watercolour, pen and high flow can be used to explore calligraphy. Alternatively do paper cutting or a tissue paper collage and mixed media. The letters can also be used for bigger projects, so you might just want to take time to explore letter shapes and forms and this stage in a sketchbook to use as resource material later on.


Looking at unfamiliar letter shapes and symbols used for communication in other cultures as inspiration for projects including asemic writing and mixed media.

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