Forgotten Heritage, is a small project with big ambitions. This project is not just a collection of snapshots of artefacts from various forms of Chinese puppet theatre; it is also a crucial first step in engaging the public with the puppet community and revitalizing a tradition that is in danger of being lost. It includes a book, a website and a range of outreach activities such as workshops and exhibitions.
The theme “Forgotten Heritage” presents a strong statement of an otherwise significant heritage that was once part of the daily life of Chinese immigrants and their descendants. Chinese puppetry has a rich history of more than a century and a diversity of theatrical forms that pertain to various regional dialect groups. However, despite this rich heritage, little is known or written about traditional Chinese puppetry in this island state. This project is an attempt to fill this gap by capturing the original fondness for traditional Chinese puppets, the fabrics, the embroidery, the song scripts, the props, and the backstage.
The design of the book is itself a work of art. The layers of old-looking fabric with embroidery and a hundred-year-old song script are designed as covers to present a tradition that has been here for hundreds of years. Through the process of cutting and uncovering, along with intricate illustrations and vivid photographs, the book takes readers through a century of history to uncover the treasures of this forgotten heritage.
Trim Size: 8 x 12.5
Number of Pages: 148
Binding Method: Three sides sewing
Paper: Eco-friendly tissue paper, rice paper, silk screen printing with embroidery
Typefaces: Australis Pro, Song
Creative Director: Jesvin Yeo
Book Designer: Alvin Ng & Jesvin Yeo
Jacket/Cover Designer: Alvin Ng
Illustrator: Quek Tengwan
Photographer: Geoff Ang
Other Credits: Basheer Graphic Books - Publisher; Jonathan Goh - Visualiser
Forgotten Heritage: Uncovering Singapore’s Traditional Chinese Puppets
Winner - AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2022
Book Title: Forgotten Heritage: Uncovering Singapore’s Traditional Chinese Puppets
Design Firm/Agency: Designing Cultures Studio
Publisher: Basheer Graphic Books
Author/Editor: Caroline Chia and Jesvin Yeo
“The entire process of opening this book is itself a theatrical production, the contents within continue to unfold in surprising ways.”
- 50 Books Winner