Hayeon Birthday 2020: Strawberry Girl In The Mind Of A Labyrinth

“Life is like a labyrinth, its center filled with happiness. So instead of rushing out of it, find your way to its center.”
Suhana Ansari
“The labyrinth literally reintroduces the experience of walking a clearly defined path. This reminds us that there is a path, a process that brings us to unity, to the center of our beings. In the simple act of walking, the soul finds solace and peace.”
Lauren Artress
“A maze, you get lost. A labyrinth, you find yourself.”
Kevin Porter


Last month, Taenggu’s little sister, Hayeon posted 3 rather intriguing pieces of digital doodles on her instastory.

Personally, I feel these drawings seemed to be reflecting certain psychotic experiences which one might be going through. Feeling like you drank a cup of water contaminated by external spiritual energy? Feeling like your mind is flying high above clouds all the time? Feeling confused with a “hazy” mind? 🤔

Recently, the idea of labyrinth came to my mind. And intuitively, I felt like it would be a suitable and interesting concept that I could do for Hayeon’s birthday artwork this year. How about making a DIY labyrinth game portraying a lost soul’s journey of navigating through this maze of life until she finally reaches her heart centre?

On top of that, to somewhat evolve from the concept of the little Red Riding Hood in my first artwork for her HAYEON BIRTHDAY 2018: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, I wanted to model her after the Ang Ku Kueh Girl which I recently grew quite fond of.
(*Ang Ku Kueh is known as red tortoise cake, a small round or oval-shaped Chinese pastry with soft, sticky glutinous rice flour skin wrapped around a sweet filling in the centre.)

But instead of Ang Ku Kueh, how about turning her into a Strawberry Girl, a red-coloured fruit that would be more relatable to her Korean culture? Now she can throw away her little red hood which she has outgrown and wear a cute strawberry mascot headgear around her head now lol.

Reference picture of my Strawberry Girl concept for Hayeon

So for preparation of the making of this artwork, I referred to a youtube tutorial that showed me how to make a DIY labyrinth using a cardboard and penknife. But the process was unexpectedly tough when I tried it myself. I spent a lot of time in trials and errors before deciding that no, this isn’t going to work for me. I would have to find another way.

Eventually I came up with my own method. I recycled unwanted pieces of a thinner cardboard material from a bubble tea cup sleeve to make my labyrinth! Here’s my process of making it till completion!

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More detailed photos of my completed artwork 📸

Dear Hayeon,


Hope you like this artwork and will enjoy playing this game of labyrinth that I made for you!
May you eventually find your way through this labyrinth of life until you reach your heart centre where your happiness and life purpose lie, like the ball in my video! 💜💜💜

Take care and be safe and healthy 🙏

Handmade with love,
Celeste Koh

Listen to: “Psycho” by Red Velvet

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