Songs of Ceylon is a typeface drawing from Sinhalese, Tamil and English script, introspective of Sri Lankan diaspora. It is a component of an ongoing exploration into the interpretation of image, written word, print and typography. Greatly influenced by Gadamer’s theory on Hermeneutics. Lelia Aluwihare reflects on Euro-American cultural hegemony. She reflects on her own memories growing up in Asia. Glossy, vivid colours of copy paste advertising and the strings of marigolds in Pettah, Colombo. There is constant exchange of culture within the island (a subsequent result of a colonial past), permitting for a myriad of nuance.
These memories are paradoxical against Bauhaus ideals. This project is an interruption to minimalist, Eurocentric rhetoric. Drawing on the typographic process of N.J. Cooray Appuhamy, pioneer in designing and casting Sinhalese types. Impacted by writings from Sujit Sivansundaran and Charles Webster Leadbeater and lastly images taken by photographer, Dominic Sansoni. This project searches for ways in Graphic Design practice to convey intersectional reality. Only through intrinsic musings can we reclaim lost identities and thus celebrate culturally rich futures.