二十四節氣–小暑 The 24 Solar Terms – Minor Heat / Cinyee Chiu
Size：20 * 11 cm
Type : Wooden puzzles
Artist : Cinyee Chiu
二十四節氣 24 Solar Terms
A personal project in 2014. I designed and illustrated animals for the traditional East Asian 24 solar terms.
For each term, I merged the featured vegetable or fruit, or the special environmental changes of that weather into the animal.
Not all the terms has a related animal, and usually several terms share the same vegetables. I tried to select and arrange them for better design and visual diversity.
XiaoShu (Minor Heat) | The second hottest period; papaya.
The ancient saying goes, “A bolt of thunder in Slight Heat brings back the rainy season.” It means that the thunder during Slight Heat signifies rain for the next 15 days, which feels like the rainy season is back. The weather at this time is getting hotter each day, but it’s not the hottest time of the year. It is the solar term with the most precipitation of the year and the peak season for ripe crops.
The design uses snake, which is active during summer, as representation with the integration of papaya and papaya seed pattern to symbolize the scorching summer day weather and the same dreaded feeling of people towards snakes.