August 6, 2012

A Chinatown takeout box

For class our assignment was to design a decorative gift box. I thought about it and decided to make a box for tourists buying souvenirs in San Francisco. They can put their souvenirs in these cute boxes and give it to their friends - so the box becomes part of the experience.

My classmates really liked the idea of drawing Chinatown on a takeout box. So I looked online and found a takeout box template from this crafting website:

Next I digitally drew along the template, using some photos of Chinatown for reference. I included the green entrance gate, because that's an iconic part of Chinatown. The rest of the buildings are generally constructed from imagination and memory.

I love San Francisco's Chinatown. It's such a crazy mix of cultures - feeling very touristy but also like you're really in another country. It's crowded and old and run-down and colorful and it smells like incense and delicious Chinese food.

I had it printed on 11x17 glossy cardstock paper, which always gives things a nice, store-bought look. I cut, folded and glued the box together.

I have it sitting on my desk right now! It's pretty cute!

1 comment:

  1. This is so adorable! I feel privileged to have one.


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