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Day 2 of Aunties series – Layout

Click here for Day 1 progress.


After yesterday’s post on isolation, I felt a bit better. I needed to recognise the sad reality that sometimes we do have to pay for human interactions services. Most of the time we are told that we can get the human interactions ‘for free’ by calling people. However, there are situations people are just busy and I do not expect them to drop everything to check on me. In fact, I do feel bad for messaging them. Sometimes rescheduling and rejection are normal, but if someone is facing a hard time, these actions may blow out of proportion. In order not to react negatively to these actions, these people have to pay to get help. Worse still, some people are unable to pay to get help and choose the way that troubles people the least. Hence, we should not judge or stigmatise certain issues if we are unable to hold space for people and let them seek their help.

Therefore, yesterday’s post is not to guilt anyone about not being able to hold space for others but it is just a reminder to be kind. It is ok if we cannot help others because we are struggling but be clear about it and not leave the help seeker hanging.

Anyway, I am posting today because I want to update the second day’s progress of my new series. After the first day of planning, I knew I was going to draw 4 pieces for the new series. I looked through my collection of papers and I came up with these two layouts. Similar to creating a layout for a gallery wall, I put these four papers on the floor to see which layout works better. Do note that I quickly took two pictures of the layout, and the alignment and spacing will be off at this point.

Layout 1
Layout 1
Layout 2
Layout 2

I do like both layouts. The first layout has four aligned in a straight line, yet the is a contrast between squarish landscape blue pieces with portrait A4 papers. The pieces in the second layout are vertically oriented, which is cohesive. Since I was playing with vertical pieces, the layout would not be aligned in a straight line like layout 1. The papers on the second layout do not align in a straight line, but I like how it breaks away from the monotony of vertical papers.

At this point, I am more inclined to layout 2 as it is more dynamic. I am not a very structured person, and layout 1 does bug me for being too straight.

(Featured header photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash).