Before I get into the content, I want to point out the fact that the project was a small in class competition, and my team WON it. =) My team chose the theme Kabuki Beach because neither of us knew anything about it, and the quick google search returned some amazing visual materials, so we were all over it.
Kabuki theater is a form of classical Japanese dance performance that is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by its performers. Together with beach, which is a natural occurring landscape that is often associated with peace and relaxation, the theme becomes an interesting design challenge that we needed to resolve. My teammate and I decided to focus on the make-up masks worn by the actors because they embody the drama of Kabuki, but at the same time possess a sense of simplicity.