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We are all a Part of the Same Thing

We are all a Part of the Same Thing

This is my entry for this year’s Positive Posters competition. For too long, people have viewed themselves as separate and I wanted to represent a multitude of individuals using the nails, and then coloured string to show how we are all interconnected, and that together, we can make something beautiful.



  1. Beautiful work. I love the thread hanging out on the bottom right.

    What was the thought process on deviating form a rigid grid of nails for the letterforms?

  2. Hi Cale

    Thank you very much.

    I have blogged about the process here ( if you would like to see photos, but I essentially drew up the grid in Illustrator and then moved the pins around when they intersected with the type.

  3. absolutely stunning.

  4. Belle Howie

    This is so incredibly beautiful!

  5. Umang Sejpal

    OMG ! this is excellent. I wonder how long it took !!! :D

  6. Thanks everyone. It took about 10 hours. You can read about the process here.

  7. Dominique, your work is beyond beautiful, it is incredible. Love your philosophy behind your work. Am interested in purchasing a photograph of it. Please let me know if that is possible. You inspire me!
    Thank you for sharing your work.

  8. Ann

    I would love a copy (poster/photo

  9. Totally frickin’ awesome!!! nice work :)

  10. Thank you so much everyone. Because of Ann and Jean’s suggestion, I have uploaded the poster to Imagekind so you can now buy it in a print/poster or canvas form.

  11. Wow this is beautiful! I love the message, and love the colours!

  12. Great !

  13. Very cool – I’m a sucker for the nail & thread concept…

  14. Evan

    Just bought this on a big canvas – LOVE it. You made my week and it isn’t even Monday yet :)

  15. I really love this poster and how you made it!

  16. This is really beautiful Dominique.

  17. Pam Bradshaw

    Thank you for sharing your artwork. Love your ideas and imagination. Saw this work at the liveworm office this morning and thought it was great.

  18. Ishwalisa

    I love this. This is beautiful. :D

  19. wow! amazing! absolutely gobsmacked at the amazingness of your piece!

  20. So awesome. Do you dye the sting yourself? I looks like the strings just smoothly transition in color but upon color inspection you can see that they are all different color strings. Beautiful work.

  21. Demasiado … hermoso:.

  22. Keeley

    Wow, that so amazing! What origally prompted you to think of the words ‘we are all part of the same thing’? I love yor work Dominique!

  23. Ariella

    Hi Dominique,
    I am a year 12 student, in the initial process of creating a major work for visual arts. Your piece have completely captivated me and I am interested in using it as inspiration for my own work. Apart from Tactile Topography, where would I be able to find more info about the process?
    Thanks in advanced.

  24. Dominique (Author)

    Hi Ariella, I’m afraid I have only documented this process on this site and the tactile typography blog. What else would you like to know?

  25. Ariella

    Hi Dominique,
    Thanks so much for replying!
    I was just wondering:
    How did you plan the spacing of the nails?
    Is the process of winding completely random?
    Thanks so much!

  26. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyways, just wanted to say superb blog!

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